Self Esteem

The Imposter Syndrome - Syndrome or Mindset?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

One of the greatest author and poet of our time, Maya Angelou wrote eleven acclaimed books in her lifetime. Yet, she once admitted 'I have written eleven books, but each time I think, "Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'

How I Found the Confidence to Look and Be the Way I Want

Laine Esperanzate | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Laine Esperanzate

My name is Laine Esperanzate, I am 17 and a creative laid-back free spirit. Having a history of low self-esteem, trust issues and identity issues led me into episodes of depression, constant panic attacks, self-harm and suicide attempts. But looking back, I've realised that mental health isn't a burden.

Five Reasons Why It's Okay to Care Too Much

Imogen Clegg | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Imogen Clegg

It can be a tenuous balance between not caring and caring too much, but which one is more damaging? Which is worse? I think that in this day and age it has become a seen as a sign of weakness to show any sort of emotion at all.

Are You Sacrificing Yourself for the Sake of a Relationship?

Elizabeth Venzin | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Venzin

People with low self-esteem may have difficulties in relationships. If you're in this situation, you may become a victim of being controlled by how others think, feel and act. You may also be dependent on others for approval and recognition, and fearful of rejection. But you're not alone.

Why Choose Self-Love?

Fran Hayden | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

The world is an unforgiving place and so many of us are faced with challenges on a daily basis that test our self-esteem. Someone might make an offhand comment about a fat person, an eating disorder, the clothes that someone has chosen to wear, comments to their children about body size - all of which could contribute to an already body image obsessed society.

Does Advertising Promote or Demote Women?

BritChick Paris | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Women have shed some of the shackles of inequality, only to be bound my new ones of image obsession. Yet the investment is disproportionately high compared to their interests and desires. They claim that their confidence ‎drops by 80% on reading a magazine and 60% feel that glam selfies make them feel bag.

Teach our Teens to Love Failure

Elizabeth Wright | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Parents
Elizabeth Wright

When you stuff up, do the wrong thing, say the wrong thing, swim the wrong stroke, what emotions do you feel? You might feel shame, embarrassment, mortification, anger, frustration, and the undeniable urge to give up!

Suddenly 31

Christine Gilland | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Gilland

Wasn't it just the other day that I was happily festooning my walls with pull-out posters of Hanson, dreaming of winning literary awards for my YA dystopian five-volume novel, and/or becoming the sixth Spice Girl (they needed a 'Nerdy Spice' with thick glasses and knee-high socks so badly)?

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.

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.

Raising Confident Children Through Trust

Torsten Klaus | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Parents
Torsten Klaus

Starting to trust our children is the very foundation of a well-connected relationship. Children (and, indeed us adults too) learn by trying. They give it a go. They might fail, they might succeed. It doesn't matter, as long as we provide a bit of a safety net in the background so that they won't ever get seriously hurt.

Social Anxiety: When Human Beings Are Afraid of Other Human Beings Without Really Knowing Why

Michelle Hambiliki | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Michelle Hambiliki

I am determined not to allow myself to be limited by my fear of interacting with people. Whether I was born with an inclination towards social anxiety or whether I happened to develop it, I'm desperate to overcome it.

Stop Telling Yourself You're Doing Enough

Jade E. Bradford | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jade E. Bradford

The problem is, when we start telling ourselves we're totally rad, we tend to stop moving forward and we stop improving as people. We start to blame other people when things go wrong. We blame our employer, the system or the world because "I'm doing everything right so it must be someone else's fault".

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.

Lost for Words

Caragh Little | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

I haven't written for ages. I've written almost nothing this year, apart from work-related items and to-do lists. It's not so much that I gave up writing for Lent as that writing gave up on me... there's been so much going on that I have struggled to find the words to quantify it all.

Learning to Be Unapologetic About My Beauty

Tasha Okeke | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tasha Okeke

You can still beautiful and feminine when wearing a glamorous ball gown or go for pinks and like Hello Kitty, have a soft and sensitive character just as much if you also have red dreads, an undercut, tattoos and piercings. As long as you do what makes you feel beautiful and is representative of your true, authentic self then remain unapologetic of your beauty. Do what makes you feel beautiful in yourself, for yourself.

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.

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).

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...

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.

Charity Begins at Home

Rachel Shenton | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Rubygirl UK works with a wide spectrum of vulnerable young people who are from challenging backgrounds & struggle with issues such as deprivation, self harm, abuse, addiction, mental health, bullying and low self esteem. Their focus is on moving forward and making good choices.

The Write Thing to Do?

Alex Reid | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alex Reid

Christopher Hitchens said: "Everyone has a book in them and that, in most cases, is where it should stay." When I began writing the book I thought it would be easy. Who knows more about me than me right?

Let's Be Friends, Fashion's Latest Trend #LFW AW16

Lou Mensah | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

Having worked at the fashion coalface for over 15 years, as a photographer, PR and writer, I now balance on the edge of the bubble, peeping in. I advise retail clients on how to respond to their customers changing needs.

Are Awards More About the Red Carpet Than Artistic Achievement?

BritChick Paris | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
BritChick Paris

Awards season is upon us, culimating with the Oscars on Sunday. Inevitably there is a rush of excitement: who will take best film, best director but what sends the media into an absolute frenzy is the best and worst dressed.