it the wrong way.

John was referred to me by his psychologist for relaxation and motivation. John was seeing the psychologist for building self esteem and self image and at the age of 28 felt that he was losing ground. This feeling of “losing out” contributed to his level of anxiety which made him tense and irritable. John’s psychologist’s devised a program for building self esteem. He had John focus on acquiring technical training to develop a skill.

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Of all possible skills, John choose to become a technician in a metal shop and enrolled in a program. Even though everything he was shown in class made sense, when it came to test time, his level of anxiety interfered with his ability to obtain respectable, much less passing grades. He was in jeopardy of failing when he was referred to me.

The psychologist’s approach was the typical, “accomplish something, acquire something,” and you’ll be building self esteem. Yes, it’s the approach used nearly 100% of all programs for overcoming low self esteem that I’ve seen. You are supposed to be able to overcome low self esteem by getting better at something.

Unfortunately, this is a “catch 22” approach–a set-up for failure. I’m not saying that everyone who uses this approach fails to accomplish the goal of acquiring a skill or educational level, but this approach does not build self worth or self esteem. It’s a set up for failure. Building self esteem is a myth with this approach. Look around. Most of your friends, family, and acquaintances have been building self esteem based on their accomplishments and acquisitions.

By Haadi