What are positive self views?
Positive self views are the general beliefs we have about ourselves being good, worthwhile human beings. For example, we may feel that, deep down, we are deserving of being treated kindly by others and having success in our life pursuits. These positive self beliefs are integral to our independent functioning and affect how we relate to others.
Why is it important to have positive self views?
Having positive self views helps guide our behavior in ways that enable us to live more supportive, fulfilling lives. When we feel badly about ourselves, we unconsciously put in motion experiences that dis-confirm those positive self views and decrease the likelihood that we will experience the positive events that we seek. For example, we may feel like we are not good enough for a good relationship, a good job, or financial stability, so we stop engaging in behaviors that help us reach those goals. Then, we have let our limited positive self views limit the amount of happiness we can experience.
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