self-worth

Join the Conversation on
self-worth
2.8K people
0 stories
242 posts
Note: The hashtags you follow are publicly viewable on your profile; you can change this at any time.
  • Explore Our Newsletters
  • What's New in self-worth
    All
    Stories
    Posts
    Videos
    Latest
    Trending
    Community Voices
    tpag

    Question to all : can you relate to feeling profoundly defective ?

    I’ve realized that one of the major impediments in my daily life is the core belief that I am wrong, dysfunctional, defective. It seeps through every little thing I do, say or feel.
    My first response to whatever I just did, thought or expressed spontaneously is to correct it into its opposite. If I become aware that my body adopted this or that position while slouching on the couch, I will automatically change it, without even questioning why the first setup was wrong in the first place. That’s a silly, mundane example just to illustrate how pervasive it is.
    In more serious matters, it means I condemn every thing I want, do, say, think or feel without even taking the time of fully exploring it. Whatever happens instinctively, as soon as I get aware of it, I will immediately go the other way.
    That core belief is inevitably accompanied by a permanent sense of shame. Because I am so inherently, so intrinsically wrong, because the way I’m wired is inadequate, I am ashamed of everything I am - or rather, everything I am not.
    Springing from this original belief and the shame it brings, I am constantly thinking something along the lines of “I have to get better before I can do this” or “I need to fix my issues before I can attempt anything”. Meanwhile, life sort of passes me by, time flies and I wake up from time to time having gained another year and not feeling like I’ve made any real progress at all.
    It makes me wonder if all the problems and issues I think I have are as real as I believe them to be - or if they are emanations of that one single twisted, crippling belief. It kept me from entering any sort of relationship for six years, believing I couldn’t impose the mess that I was on another human being. In the end, being in a relationship is probably the place where I did the most growing and gained the most self-awareness.
    Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had ever come to that realization and if so, how you guys had coped with it and maybe even eventually healed from it.
    Thanks for reading.
    #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Shame #Selfworth #journey #Breakthrough

    2 people are talking about this
    Community Voices
    Community Voices

    My Letter to Little Me

    DEAR ME, YOU DESERVED BETTER – August 3 2022

    Dear Me,

    My dear little Lisa, I am letting you know that you deserved better treatment. You deserved better. You deserved to be held, cuddled, loved, and treated like you have value and appreciation. You deserved to feel unconditional love, to feel accepted, to be acknowledged, to feel adored, to feel appreciated, to experience healthy affection and admiration, to feel approval, to feel understood.

    Instead, you grew up feeling judged, that you should feel guilty and shamed for being who you are, that you’re not good enough - because none were attuned enough to notice that something really serious happened to you. No one, it seems, put forth the effort to try to understand you, to try to really *see* you and love you for who you are. All this plus the other abuses caused a LOT of damage.

    It seems your primary caretaker was just too busy and distracted with many responsibilities [she had 6 kids after all!] As you learned later that for many reasons she didn’t have the time nor the wherewithal to be attuned to you and what you desperately needed from her. As a little girl you ended up feeling and believing you were a nuisance, annoying, in the way, too needy and unloved and especially without value and worth. You developed mother hunger.

    I am so sorry that you felt this way for soooo long, way too long. Too long that it became a core belief and a mindset that deeply impacted your way of being - how you showed up in life. I’m sorry that you felt unappreciated, needed to play and be small, that you weren’t appreciated for your sparkle and valued for who you are. Instead, you felt ashamed of yourself. You felt guilty for things you did that were symptoms of the complex trauma you were experiencing. You even took on guilt and shame that didn’t belong to you. Your nervous system was just too sensitive. I am so sorry that you carried this for all these years.

    Little Lisa, you are not the problem. You are not at fault. You deserve to feel unconditional love. You deserve to feel safe and protected. And it’s ok and good that you seek out those who will provide this for you.

    It’s not your fault that you didn’t grow up feeling safe and protected. I’m sorry you felt invisible until you made a mistake or you did something to help someone else. I’m sorry that you were criticized or were simply emotionally abandoned. Sometimes severe punishment would ensue. And then you read it as shame and guilt for just existing. You read it that they were ashamed and embarrassed of who you are. Your poor nervous system.

    Of course with adult wisdom, in looking back you understand it all now and are forgiving. But don’t forget you were a little girl, with little girl needs that weren’t met. You were trying to navigate a world that had shown itself to be scary and unsafe. It was an emotional mine field for you. All this piled onto an undeserving little body and a heart that only wanted to be loved. This and a highly sensitive nervous system created your insecurities which added to your various traumas.

    I really feel for you my dear little one. I offer you my deepest compassion.

    It wasn’t your fault.

    I am so sorry that you experienced this and that now as an adult you must do the work to heal from the scars all this created.

    I am here to be with you, to hold you and love you as you never felt. You deserve to feel unconditional love.

    Yes, as an adult you understand your parents and see and accept their imperfections. This is good. However, it is important to your healing that you acknowledge how you felt and what you suffered. And as an adult you’ve acknowledged and own your unhealed childhood wounds and that they were passed on down to your two sons too. I’m proud of you for healing this much and being self-aware enough. I am proud of you for being as transparent as possible in your healing journey so your sons can understand themselves and you better.

    It is time to release this unwarranted guilt and remember that all this damage resulted from Adam and Eve’s stupid decision. They passed on this imperfection to their children and on it went down to me and little you.

    People don’t know what they don’t know – yet it is each one’s responsibility and obligation to become aware so their toxic behaviour doesn’t keep getting passed onto others.

    It wasn’t your fault. Remember that.

    It wasn’t your fault.

    Your existence matters. God believes you are valuable, that you are worthy. He is there for you and is with you. Please remember where this imperfect and self condemnation comes from – it’s not from Him.

    Please keep on letting your light shine. Keep helping fellow childhood trauma survivors see and feel that they are not alone. Please be accepting of yourself and others’ imperfections, knowing that most are trying to do their best. And those who choose denial, who refuse to learn, grow, be open to self awareness – that is on them, not you – these ones be careful of.

    Please hang into your hope. Please keep recovering from your childhood trauma so that the detox continues, and the projection stops with you.

    I think you’re doing great! So proud of the work you’re doing. It is HARD work and I believe you made the best decision – to heal. The sense of freedom that results is so worth it!

    I love you, little Lisa. I am so proud of you. 😊 I admire you so very much and am super glad you’re still here.

    #Childhoodtrauma #TraumaRecovery #itsnotyourfault #CPTSD #cptsdhealing #Selflove #Selfcompassion #Selfworth

    Lisa B Hilton is an Advanced Certified Trauma Recovery Coach who has lived experience. Through coaching she supports fellow adults transform their travesty into triumph. Please read her blog: Is Trauma Recovery Coaching Right for You? and reach out to her if you feel this modality of Trauma Recovery Coaching will be a good fit for you. Thank you.

    4 people are talking about this
    Community Voices

    This group is now a private- full privacy- group!

    <p>This group is now a private- full privacy- group!</p>
    6 people are talking about this
    Community Voices

    New Friends Destination For Current And Soon To Be New Friends! #Friends #MentalHealth

    <p>New Friends Destination For Current And Soon To Be New Friends! <a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="Friends" href="/topic/friends/" data-id="5b23ce8100553f33fe992f8e" data-name="Friends" aria-label="hashtag Friends">#Friends</a>  <a class="tm-topic-link mighty-topic" title="Mental Health" href="/topic/mental-health/" data-id="5b23ce5800553f33fe98c3a3" data-name="Mental Health" aria-label="hashtag Mental Health">#MentalHealth</a> </p>
    1 person is talking about this
    Community Voices

    Sacred Dreams

    <p>Sacred Dreams</p>
    1 person is talking about this
    Community Voices
    Community Voices

    Hi guys! I am a business development manager or account manager who manages clients and bring in new accounts for the company. I brought in a new contract for my company in less than 3 months after joining. My operations team cant deliver what the contract states. And I got to manage my client.

    So today while I am with my boss alone. He told me to stop being so immature and stop thinking about the needs of my clients. If there is a need to cut cost, let my client know and dont quote to their request.

    And I was like….? That dont sound responsible. And he tells me stop thinking for others?

    So, in the first place why bring me on board when one of my role is to bring in more revene for the company?

    Am i being immature for thinking on the perspective of my clients?

    I always build a very good rapport with my clients til they introduce me new clients and we become friends.

    I dont get it? Why he need to use the word on me. Immature? That hurts. I am a veteran in the industry with 11 years of experience.

    It makes me dont want to communicate with any of my colleagues or him anymore now.

    Sucks.

    #PTSD #Anxiety #Selfblame #PanicAttacks #Selfesteem #Selfworth #MajorDepressiveDisorder #sleepdisorder

    5 people are talking about this
    Community Voices

    Reminders for this Tuesday

    Reminders for this first workday of the week (for many of us):

    You are worthy. Your brain will lie to you. Don't listen to the unkind thoughts. Kindness is free. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others. This world is dark enough as it is. You are unique, lovable, valued, and one-of-a-kind. The world may try to tell you otherwise. Push back. Self-compassion and self-love are not selfish. You are not selfish for taking care of you and your needs.

    This weekend was very exhausting for a lot of us. It was for me, and I know it was for many of my coworkers and friends. I'm meeting myself where I'm at this evening, and planning on a quiet evening with books, music, and water (since where I live it's pretty warm weather-wise right now!). Be gentle with yourself.#Depression #Selfworth

    1 person is talking about this