Friday, July 25, 2008

Ways to Build or Repair Your Self-Image!

How do you foster a positive self-image?

There are many ways which you may find on articles about Self-Image.
I will give four here

1. Do Examine your Self- Talk at least daily? If you are saying to yourself, "I'm useless", Or " I'm not good enough", Or " I'm not....whatever.. Please change that negative self-talk right away.

2. Build your self-confidence by focusing on your achievements no matter how small and reward yourself. See failures as trial runs to success. That is how the inventors viewed their failures. Find your strengths and improve on them.

3. Find a couple of people who would support you as build or repair your self-image - ones who will not let you belittle yourself.

4. Tell yourself daily: you were created by God, no other person has your DNA - so you are Unique, Special and you were put on this earth for a particular purpose.Your job is to find that purpose as no one else can fulfill that purpose the way you can!


Thursday, July 24, 2008

How celebrities and media contribute to Self-Image?

Another vital component of Self-Image is the values you have and how you value yourself.

Celebrities especially young movie stars seem to have an impact on the values of many of the younger people today. It does not stop there, even into adulthood, people are adapting their appearances and values, after acclaimed actors and actresses and closely follow the advice of famous or infamous talk show hosts. The media, Internet and television industry provide ample resources. Is this healthy? Are we promulgating a generation of people of superficial self-image?

A teacher did some research with his teenage students on a teen magazine's effect on their Self-Image. Many of the teens were following the dictates of this magazine as how to dress,how to behave, who to date, choice of movies etc.During the research, the students uncovered some of the magazine's motives, including a monetary one. Also uncovered was how it lowered some youth's self-image, if they did not look or dress in a way, that the magazine portrayed as the "Norm"!

Another report indicate that even the youth's language have been influenced by some popular rap singers. Those words are not found yet in dictionaries. Peer pressure also helps to shape young person's Self-Image which may not be a healthy Self-Image

More and more, parents are trying to find resources on how to build their children's self-image and below is an audio book which shows how to?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Contributers to Our Self-Image

Early on in life, it is usually a child's parents and other caregivers.There are now books and programs to help parents and caregivers to nurture in the child, a healthy self-image. In school, teachers and other children. Teasing, bullying, "put downs"

Television, cinema and teen magazines as well as child movie stars or child recording artists have an impact on the child's Self-Image. Did anorexia stem from what was perceived as a cool image of being lean that was portrayed by movie stars and models? What about the lyrics of the songs that the youth are listening to? Many hours in front of the mirror for both sexes.

Then, young adulthood comes along, Self-image is spruced to attract the right partner. Let's face it, people are first attracted to a potential date, partner through their body image. Have you heard anyone say, " I was attracted to him (her)because he or she
was an chemist major." ? Isn't it more likely to hear " I was attracted to him or her because he or she looked intelligent." More likely, it would be " I was attracted by her smile." or "I was attracted to to his great biceps, etc.."

So body image is a strong component to Self-Image. Tomorrow we will look at other components of Self-Image.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is Self-Image

A few weeks ago, we did an exploration of Self-Esteem and it seems only natural to explore about its precursor. - Self- Image. Self-Image was a term composed by

Many confuse self-image with self-esteem. They are closely related as you have to have a good self- image before having a healthy self- esteem.

There are many facets to Self-Image. Here are a some of the questions that determines your Self-Image?

1. Your personal view of yourself, an image of yourself that is carried in your head.

2. A perception of how you believe others look at you

3. What you think your body image is?

4. What you think your personality is? Or what kind of person do you think you are?

5. What status you feel you possess?

6. What value you place on yourself?

7. How you view yourself, your character, your skills and abilities.

If your Self-Image was eroded during childhood, Dr. Laura's book,listed below in audio shows you how to transform it to a positive self-image.


Monday, July 21, 2008


For today, we will have some laughs.