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What are positive self views?
Positive self views are the general beliefs we have about ourselves being good, worthwhile human beings. For example, you may feel that, deep down, you are deserving of being treated kindly by others and having success in your life pursuits. These positive self beliefs are integral to your independent functioning and affect how you relate to others.
Why is it important to have positive self views?
Having positive self views helps guide your behavior in ways that enable you to live a more supportive, fulfilling life. When you feel badly about yourself, you unconsciously put in motion experiences that dis-confirm positive self-views and decrease the likelihood that you will experience the positive events that you seek. For example, you may feel like you are not good enough for a good relationship, a good job, or financial stability, so you stop engaging in behaviors that help you reach those goals. Then, you have let your negative self views limit the amount of happiness you can experience.
Activities to develop this skill:
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.