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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.
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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.