Archive for Sep,2014

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Improving your self-esteem

Better self-esteem(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk)
Written by Ida Cathrine Jakobsen, psychologist

We all have thoughts and feelings about who we are as people. A number of different terms – self-confidence, self-image, self-esteem and self-respect – are linked to the perception we have of ourselves, as well as how we judge ourselves.

Among the most commonly used terms in this context are self-esteem and self-confidence. The latter refers to your confidence in your ability to master a situation, and is linked to specific achievements. For example, a single person may be very confident on the football field, but can be completely lacking in confidence that he will make it unscathed through a speech at his best friend’s wedding.

Self-esteem is considered to be a more comprehensive concept, and often refers to your sense of worth as a person independent of your achievements:

  • It is about knowing and respecting yourself, including both your strengths and weaknesses.
  • It is possible to have great self-confidence in several areas, while at the same time have difficulty seeing yourself as a good and valuable person.

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Questions for reflection

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk)
by Hilde Amundsen, founder Mindfi app

Have you ever had a question that has meant a lot to you, and that has caused you to change your focus? Or are there things that have been said to you that you remember for the rest of your life – that have shaped you as a person?

I have. My doctor once asked me a simple and meaningful question many years ago. I often think about it, because it is an important reminder that I need to choose what I want to prioritize – what I want to do more or less of.

For me there was one important question that helped change my life:

What gives you energy in your daily life, Hilde? Where do you get new energy from? Do you get more energy when you are at home, or are you drained of energy?

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Mental training

cope(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk)

You can “train” your brain and thought patterns, just like the rest of your body. It requires some effort, just like it does when we train to become more physically fit, or when we go to school to learn something new.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

We have to keep working steadily over time to reach training goals. We know it’s not enough to work out just once, as it were, to be fully trained and in good shape. [···]

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