When I see a kid trying to cope with an insensitive comment thrown at them, I am reminded of how painful and surprisingly insidious they can be.
I know someone, for example, who was told as a child that they would never amount to much in their life. Fifty plus years later and the same words haunt their present.
Another person was told they were lazy. Like a broken record, he continues to hear those words playing in his mind as if they were spoken moments not decades ago.
Words have a huge impact on the way we perceive ourselves. They can become self-fulfilling. If we haven’t built up enough self-esteem to protect ourselves, we take on the negative words that hurt us most.
This week you’ll learn ways to combat negativity through self-awareness, self-discovery and by paying attention to how words can heal as well as hurt you. As you’ll read below, words have the power to break through the walls that currently imprison you through positivity and possibility.
Children Become the Negative Names They Are Called
(NLP Discoveries) – Recent research proves what you may have already experienced. Words do hurt. And they have the power to change who you are physically and psychologically. Read on to find out how it happens and what you can do to prevent it from ruining your life.
Mindful Parenting: It’s All About Learning to Pay Attention
(Mindful Parenting) – If you’ve ever been guilty of missing ____ (a conversation, tantrum, smile, etc.) with your kids because you were texting, multitasking, or checking your email, you need to read this. While there’s no such thing as a perfect parent, this will make you more mindful of missing anymore memorable moments.
An Exercise for Getting to Know Yourself
(Weightless) – How well do you know yourself? If you’re desiring a deeper connection with the most important relationship in your life, read this.
When is Flirting a Sign of Sexual Addiction?
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – Is flirting harmless? This post will help you determine if your partner’s flirting is healthy or a sign of a bigger problem.
The Power of Belief: Why You Have Exactly What You Need to Heal
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Have you ever wondered if you’re capable of facing and overcoming your current stress or past difficulty? For those who feel overwhelmed or hopeless, this will lift your spirits.
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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 May 2014
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