Improving Your Self-Image Helps Relationships

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Psychologists say the most powerful force affecting your relationships is how you perceive yourself.

Tribune News Service

Did you ever stop to think about the most powerful force influencing your relationships?

If you think it’s beauty, brains, or money, think again. If you think it’s acting kindly toward others or sacrificing your own comfort for the love of others, think again.

Psychologists say the most powerful force affecting your relationships is how you perceive yourself.

For instance, if you think of yourself as a victim who always gets the short end of things, this will play out in reality.

Your self-image determines how you speak, act, and react in relationships. Your self-image also determines what you will and won’t tolerate from others.

If you have a solid, healthy relationship with yourself, you don’t have to second-guess yourself all the time.

You’ll feel more confident about calling on people to help you, making plans to assist other people, and envisioning how you want to reach goals.

You want to invest time to establish the best kind of relationship with yourself. How do you do that? You do it by making a real effort to improve your self-image.

Here’s how it works:

-Know all of your strengths and focus on them. Tell yourself you’re disciplined or friendly or efficient. Make sure you get those kinds of comments down in your thinking.

-Work on your body and mind. This means you feel you’re worth being cared for. When you start to neglect your diet and exercise, for example, you will feel neglected instead of nurtured.

-Spend time reflecting on your life. We all spend time with our friends, family and pets, but we can easily forget to look inward. Sitting down to reflect on our thoughts and feelings helps us see ourselves more clearly.

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