Self-Esteem and Addiction Recovery

WHAT IS SELF-ESTEEM?

SELF-ESTEEM IS A COMBINATION OF:

  • Self-Worth – A sense of your value as a person.
  • Self Confidence – A sense of confidence in yourself (doing, judging, thinking, etc).

WHAT PLAYS INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OR SELF-ESTEEM?

  • Positive patterns and experiences in early, primary family relationships
  • Positive experiences with peers
  • Personal achievements (school, personal…)
  • Realized skills and talents
  • Physical and personality traits
  • Positive, optimistic thinking

WHAT CONTRIBUTES TO LOW SELF-ESTEEM?

  • Negative experiences in early, primary family relationships (abuse, being ostracizes, neglect, etc.)
  • Negative experiences with peers (school, personal…)
  • Actual or perceived failures
  • Lack of developed skills or talents (lack of positive identity with others)
  • Being ‘different’ in any visible way to others (physically, emotionally, socially)
  • Embarrassment about one’s family
  • Addictions
  • Low self-esteem of parents
  • Inappropriate treatment of others

ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING SELF-ESTEEM IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT.

Maintenance of self-esteem through:

  • Setting boundaries
  • Changing self-talk
  • Eliminating negative people and relationships from your life
  • Addiction recovery process
  • Defining and achieving “your” vision of success
  • Empathic understanding of mistakes and shortcomings
  • Forgiveness of self and others

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About Dr. Karin Schwartz

Dr. Karin Schwartz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Her office is located at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers in Los Angeles, California. With over 17 years of experience in providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples, Dr. Schwartz believes psychotherapy is more than simply changing certain behaviors (i.e. just eliminating symptoms). She views psychotherapy as a powerful process of self-discovery, which leads to a place of understanding, self-acceptance, and ultimately, greater relationship happiness and life success.

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