Spring is officially here even if the cold winter weather hasn't left all of us yet. Doc John has made more changes to the forums at Grohol.com to accompany the change of seasons. We now have a Self Esteem forum as well as a new feature called Ask the Therapist. We also have two new moderators, Grand Member, _zh and Poohbah, silver_queen.
When asked her thoughts on becoming a moderator here, _zh said, "I am honored. I have come to know this board as a place of integrity with a long online presence and a growing following. I am pleased to take a more active role in this community. I will do my best to uphold the standards that Doc John, the moderating team and the whole community built these forums on."
Silver_queen had this to say about becoming a moderator at the forums, "I'm so pleased to be chosen as a moderator for Psych Central. I feel honored to hold this position and I am glad I can contribute further to the community." I believe the membership is fortunate in having these two added to the moderating team.
The Self Esteem forum came into being as a result of a poll on the forums. Elder member, SeptemberMorn started a thread recently which included a poll asking members for their opinions on having a Self Esteem forum. Members voted over a period of approximately one week. The results of the poll indicated that 77% of those who voted wanted a Self Esteem forum. Doc John created the new Self Esteem forum on March 7, 2005 and had the following message for members.
"Before you can begin to improve your self-esteem you must first believe that you can change it. Change doesn't necessarily happen quickly or easily, but it can happen. You are not powerless! Once you have accepted, or are at least willing to entertain the possibility that you are not powerless, there are three steps you can take to begin to change your self-esteem:
- Step 1: Rebut the Inner Critic
- Step 2: Practice Self-Nurturing
- Step 3: Get Help from Others
Learn more here: http://www.utexas.edu/student/cmhc/booklets/selfesteem/selfest.html
One thread in particular in the new Self Esteem forum had a lot of replies by various members. The thread was started by Grand Member, 1dayatatime and is titled, "An Idea for Raising Self Esteem". ldayatatime said, "Look in the mirror and name ten things you like about yourself. If you can't do ten, try five. Find at least one thing to latch onto if nothing else. So often we put ourselves down. We, (me included) need to start replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones."
After adayatatime gave a good list of positive qualities about herself, Grand Member, Ryan, followed with his own list which included, "I like my smile when I feel like showing it. I am fiercely loyal to my family and to those I call friends. I am proud of myself for starting my journey toward peace of mind." He also shared seven other positive traits about himself. Many members had trouble coming up with ten positive traits about themselves, myself included.
Other thread titles in the new forum are: "Beauty is in The I", "Some CBT for You", "Group Therapy", and "Thought I Couldn't Do It .And I Did". I'd like to invite everyone to check out the new Self Esteem forum and see what ideas you can find that might help you to improve your self image.
Ask the Therapist
The new feature, Ask the Therapist, promises to be a huge help to members of the forums. Because of this new feature we have a chance to ask the resident therapist any question we may have on mental health issues, therapy, relationships, etc. Answers will always be provided publicly only - this is not a substitute for professional assistance or one-on-one psychotherapy. No fee is charged for this service.
The resident therapist is Kristina Randle. Kristina Randle is a licensed psychotherapist with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works with adults, adolescents, children and families in both individual and group counseling settings. Her background includes Community Mental Health and University Counseling settings. Kristina is also involved in mental health research and has published a number of papers in her field.
During spring, the great outdoors beckons us to venture into the sunshine and see the growth happening there. As this community continues to grow and offer more services we'll want to balance our time between nature and the computer. I'll be back next month.
Susan J. King (aka "Ozzie") is a retired Mother of four. At one time she was the Office Manager of the local newspaper where she wrote articles and poems as well as doing page layout and typesetting. She has been a moderator at PsychCentral.com for approximately one year.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 28 Mar 2005
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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-- Robert Frost