The Relationship Between Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem Anxiety is a common emotion for low self-esteem sufferers. Negative emotions often stem from feelings of failure, whether that means displeasing someone we love, or disappointing someone we respect. Because many of us judge our own self-worth based on other’s perceptions of us, we personalize those negative experiences — leading to feelings of …

Positive Psychology: The Importance of Saying Thank You

Positive Psychology: The Importance of Saying Thank You We live fast-paced and stressful lives, and somewhere along the line, saying “thank you” has lost its value. In the chaos of the daily grind, these two little words are either forgotten entirely, or brushed off as contrived and meaningless social niceties. However, studies suggest that expressing gratitude can improve your physical, …

Compassion and Self-Esteem

The inestimable Karen Armstrong was a guest speaker at my synagogue’s Sabbath service this past week. She drew from different religions’ references to the central idea of kindness and acceptance of others.  In the case of the Old Testament or Torah, she referenced the story of Abraham welcoming, for no apparent reason, three strangers into his camp on a hot …

Love, Money and Self-Esteem

All you need is love, love is all you Need – the Beatles We believe that all we need is love, and that money, love or both makes the world go round. These ideas are deeply embedded in our cultures and in our worldview. Sigmund Freud said that love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness, and that the …