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Stephen Bailey | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Comedy
Stephen Bailey

As a comedian, I essentially come out every single night and there is part of me that feels completely and utterly liberated by this and by the fact that I am getting laughs and applause for being me. Let me take you to the beginning of the story...

Try This Morning Routine For More Confidence

Cat Neligan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

For whatever reason, over the past year or so, I've found myself grow increasingly obsessed with morning routines.

Boost Confidence With These Five Daily Routines

Cat Neligan | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

Confidence is something that is much harder to see - at first anyway. It's nestled inside us, and even when it's hibernating and seemingly nowhere to be seen: it's there. The trick is nudging it awake and allowing it to be the driving force that gets us to do the things we want to do but feel a little (or a lot) afraid to do.

How to be an Introvert at University

Karianne Robinson | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Karianne Robinson

With hindsight I can see that I had little to worry about regarding Fresher's Week and adapting to university style learning. But as a sixth form student with no family who had been to university, my fears surrounding how I would fit in grew considerably. If you happen to be in a similar situation, I hope that this article goes at least a small way to minimising your concerns.

What I Learned By Writing a Book About Body Image

Sarah Newton | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

When we think about body image we tend to think two things; firstly the media and celebrities, who are the ones to blame and secondly, that the way out is by educating our young girls.

Reasons I Am Good at My Childcare Job: Time to Delete My Lack of Self-Belief

Andrew Robinson | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Robinson

I am going to go ahead and say it: I AM GOOD AT MY JOB. I am not a big head, neither am I arrogant - how can I be? I have forever lacked the belief. I am not perfect - no-one is, but I think I have finally found something I believe I am good at.

Why This Common 'Confidence Boosting' Tip Doesn't Work (and What to Do Instead)

Cat Neligan | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Neligan

One of the reasons I lack confidence in many situations is feeling like an imposter. Like I'm a total fake: just waiting to be found out. Whether it was when I was in my first job (junior web designer), with no real experience in web design other than my own experiments in Dreamweaver (more like Nightmare weaver...)

The A4 Waist Challenge - Have We Reached the Ultimate Low in Our Obsession With Appearance?

BritChick Paris | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

The A4 challenge is paper thin, and will leave young girls feeling despondent, depressed and disgruntled this week as super skinny photos whizz are around the web. How many of them will turn to diet pills, excessive sport, bulimia even?

Five Ways to Beat Self-Doubt

Steve Errey | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Errey

Whether you're a circus performer, a Wall Street banker, a sushi chef, a submarine captain or a librarian, self-doubt will be a regular visitor.

Stand Up Straight: How Minding Your Posture Can Boost Your Self Confidence

Kate Taylor | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

Simply put, when we are feeling power-full we expand in every sense - not just in body language, but in tone of voice. In power we slow down our speech, we increase the volume and become clearer in intonation of how we present our words.

Eight Things Nine Years of Chronic Illness Has Taught Me

Steve Errey | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Errey

With some outstanding views at the top and a load of white-knuckle twists that make you want to throw up, it's made me get myself together in ways I'd never have guessed at. Here are 8 things I've learned from nine years of chronic illness.

Help for Anxious Procrastinators (Don't Read This Later!)

Chloe Brotheridge | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Brotheridge

Anxiety and procrastination are two things which seem to be inextricably linked. Sure, we all know what it's like to procrastinate a little (who hasn't gotten hooked on a box set when we should be studying/working/exercising).

How I Shaped My Life as an Introvert: Five Lessons for Developing Quiet Confidence

Tayana Simons | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

For many years I believed that I wasn't a very confident person. This was mainly based on the idea that I had of what confidence was. From school onwards we are taught that to be confident is to be the child that always puts their hand up in class, the one that volunteers to read the next chapter out loud in English lesson, or takes the lead in group activities.

These Simple Tricks Will Make You Feel More Confident

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

From the witty raconteur who holds court at the party to the assertive colleague who breezes through presentations – life is full of confident peopl...

The Art of Not Saying Sorry

Adeline Ginn | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Adeline Ginn

At the beginning of this year, a new email tool launched to help women stop apologising in emails. The 'Just not sorry' Gmail plug in, scans emails an...

31 Ways to Say No

Karen Pine | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

Becoming a people-pleaser may keep the peace - even win you friends - but is the personal cost really worth it? Often resentment, dissatisfaction and loss of self-esteem are the result of not being able to say No.

Freedom of Voice: the Naming and Un-Shaming of Ourselves

Matthew Mills | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Mills

In my role as the Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Gender Identity Clinic, London, I pose the question to my clients 'why do we feel vulnerable about our voices?' An answer is: because we do not hear our voice as others hear us.

You're Like a Flame My Darling, Nobody Can Touch You

Abbey Michelle | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Abbey Michelle

The way you danced that evening, independent of me, of Lea, of your uncle, you were so sure of yourself. Dressed in your little dungarees and Toms shoes, you looked so adorable, and I was so proud of you. Your fearlessness was admirable, and Lea was right - in that moment, no one could touch you!

10 Ways to Practise Self-Love and be Kind to Yourself

Annie Ashdown | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many of us experience someone criticising us whilst growing up for not being perfect, making mistakes or not living up to the unrealistic expectations they bestow upon us. This often results in us creating core beliefs in our subconscious that we are unlovable.

Can You Achieve Real Confidence?

Suzy Greaves | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzy Greaves

When I'm out and about meeting Psychologies readers at our events, we often talk about no-limits, 'magic wand' thinking. If you could wave a wand and change something about yourself - what would you change? 'Confidence' is the word I hear over and over again. If we could only be a little bit more confident and comfortable in our own skin, the world would be our oyster...

Adaptable Toddlers Remind Us Adults on How to Improve Ourselves

Andrew Robinson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When observing my daughter from a distance I learn so much about our species in its raw, untouched state. I admire our ability as toddlers to act, react and adapt to specific situations when they are thrust upon us without our say so.

I Am More Than My Instagram Profile

Beth Hurst | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Tech
Beth Hurst

Don't get me wrong, I love instagram as much as the next coffee-drinking selfie-obsessed girl. But sadly, there comes a point where I have to admit my amaro-tinted glasses need to be removed, for the good of everyone.

Do You Want to Be Someone, Going Somewhere or No One, Going Nowhere?

Kamontip Evans | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

It is your choice: to be someone, going somewhere - with all the fun, stress and strain that comes with your given name and acquired reputation; or being no one, going nowhere, not much fun but standing tall - at peace, with an understanding of where happiness truly lies.

Why We Should All Strive to Challenge Ourselves in 2016

Peter Westgarth | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Westgarth

As usual, the first two weeks of January have been full of New Year's resolutions and bold claims that 2016 is going to be the best year yet. Like every year, the conversation is dominated by references to giving up or cutting back on something: usually food, drink or a habit that is not particularly good for us, but we enjoy it.

Why January Can Be a Confidence Crushing Month

BritChick Paris | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

The media have coined the term 'Blue Monday' to describe the feeling that can overwhelm us mid-January. January is meant to be the first month of a blossoming new year, but for many of us it throws a spotlight on all the aspects of our life we aren't satisfied with.