Self-Worth: Acceptance, Rather than Striving
We’ve heard over and over that good self-esteem is the magic ticket to a better, more fulfilling life. Yes, we need to feel good about ourselves and love ourselves, but according to psychologist Chistina Hibbert, if you’re exhausted from the pursuit of high self-esteem, it may be time to consider something more holistic, gentle and effective.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from Dr. Christina Hibbert’s inspirational audiobook Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Rebuild Self-Esteem After A Breakup. While this audiobook is chock full of tips, humor and warmth for anyone struggling with the end of a relationship, it’s equally valuable for anyone looking for a life with more energy, gratitude, and focus.
What’s in this episode?
In this excerpt, Dr. Hibbert addresses one of the most elusive ideas in modern psychology: self-esteem. If you’ve struggled with the concept of self-esteem, you’re not alone. Dr. Hibbert speaks from her experience with many of her clients who have tried and failed to improve their lives by working on their self-esteem. Instead, she suggests reframing our concept of ourselves—and it begins with acceptance, rather than striving.
Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and expert on women’s mental health, grief, motherhood, postpartum health, parenting, self-esteem, and personal growth. She is author of the award-winning memoir This is How We Grow. She is the founder of the Arizona Postpartum Wellness Coalition and is a popular and dynamic speaker. She lives in Flagstaff, AZ with her husband and six children. Learn more about Hibbert, her blog, speaking, and books at drchristinahibbert.com.
Yes, we need to feel good about ourselves. But the pursuit of self-esteem alone is a myth because it is based on external factors that are bound to change. Instead, we need a paradigm shift: we need to uncover, discover and build self-worth.