Don’t let your inner critic get in the way of being confident! How to Like Yourself offers a quirky, inspiring, and practical guide to help you overcome feelings of self-criticism, improve self-esteem, and be the true star in your life.
With all the pressures of school, friends, and dating, you’re especially vulnerable to low self-esteem in your teen years. But often, the biggest threat to your confidence is your own inner critic—whose unrelenting negativity can result in feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety. This must-have guide offers real ways to help you fight back, be kind to yourself, and move forward with confidence.
Inside, you’ll learn the importance of self-forgiveness, accepting your faults, and how to focus on the things that make you awesome! You’ll also learn strategies for defeating the dreaded ICK—the inner critic know-it-all who keeps knocking you down—and how to escape the common thought traps that hold you back from feeling good about yourself.
This book unlocks the mystery of the most important relationship you will ever have—the one with yourself! So, get ready to find your true inner voice. A kinder, gentler one that will support you as you reach for your goals and create the fabulous life you were meant to live!
About the Author
Cheryl M. Bradshaw is a counselor/therapist at the University of Guelph, and a registered psychotherapist working in private practice. She has previously worked at Sheridan College as a counselor, and has a background in teaching. She has worked with, and continues to support, www.jack.org, an organization dedicated to youth mental health awareness, empowerment, and leadership in high schools and post-secondary institutions across Canada. Bradshaw resides in Hamilton, ON, Canada, with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Darwin.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The past
1 The Most Important Relationship You Will Ever Have 10
2 The Mystery of Forgiveness 21
3 Personal Yield Theory: You're You for Good Reasons 30
4 Forgiveness: Once You Know Better, You Can Do Better 33
5 Accepting Yourself 38
Part 2 The present
6 From Past to Present 44
7 Confident Versus Conceited: The Lies We Believe 50
8 Confidence Forever 61
9 Your Inner Critic Know-It-All (ICK!) 66
10 The Epic Battle of the ICK 71
11 Thought Traps 75
12 The Tiny Grain of Truth 84
13 Your True Inner Voice 89
14 The Epic Battle of the ICK: Starring You 97
15 Labels Are for Soup Cans 106
16 Daily Facets of You: You're a Prism 115
17 The 80-20 Rule 126
Part 3 The future
18 Who Do You Want to Be? 130
19 Steps to Your True Self 140
20 Vulnerability 101 160
21 Romantic Relationships 170
22 How to Be Okay with Rejection 177
23 How to Be Yourself in a Relationship 193
Wrapping Up 197
Bradshaw resides in Flamborough/Hamilton, ON, Canada.