More Dimensions That Are Important For Self-efficacy and Self-esteem

Self-efficacy can improve self-esteem. The necessary characteristics for optimal self-efficacy changes during life mirroring the different competencies needed as life progresses to function well. Last weeks’ posts hint important dimensions we can add to our lives to increase our self-efficacy, namely, the importance of: Curiosity Exploration and play Role models in thinking and behaving The learning environment […]

Thought Traps and How They Impact Our Well-being

There are many dimensions affecting anxiety. Another anxiety inducing pattern are cognitive distortions, so called thought traps. The cognitive distortions are ways of thinking that seems true but are in fact not reasonable, accurate, realistic or relevant to the situation at hand. Noticing when using them and countering them can increase general well-being, lift mood […]

More About How Acceptance Can Help Decrease Suffering

This post continues with Acceptance, more specifically Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, ACT, one of the two parallel developments from the mindfulness movement. The aim of the exercises is to stop avoiding, denying and struggling with inner emotions and uncomfortable thoughts, but instead accept these as appropriate responses to certain situations. There is an understanding that […]

Ideas For Handling Low will + High skill = Procrastination

In the last posts I introduced Stephen Covey’s skill-will matrix that has been extremely helpful both for individual change and leadership development programs. Today I continue with ideas for handling the challenging situation when one has: Low will + High skill, e.g. procrastinating behavior. This situation often requires persuasion to raise motivation and/or pressure to […]

More Important Challenges To Overcome For Well-Being The First Half of Life

Last week I introduced Erikson’s 8 stages of development over the lifespan that are based on how we socialize and how this interacts with our sense of self.Hence, reflecting on the capabilities needed in each stage can help us both better understand certain kind of patterns if we are stuck and lead us to what […]

Why Our Parents’ Emotional Abilities Matters For Our Emotional Well-being Today

Another important dimension about feelings is how we learn to regulate them. Last week’s post was about how the ability to regulate emotions depends on the emotional ability and presence of our main caretakers. This has also an important connection to how the self and how we value ourselves are developed. Why is this so? […]

Self-efficacy Can Improve Self-esteem

This post continues about how the necessary characteristics for optimal self-efficacy changes during life since different periods require different competencies to function well. Last weeks’ posts hint some important dimensions we all can add in our daily lives to increase our self-efficacy: The importance of curiosity already for small babies How children learn through exploration […]