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Why We Think Terrible Things About Ourselves

Have you ever stopped and wondered how many of the things you think about yourself — namely the self-defeating fears and insecurities we all carry — are actually a result of other peoples’ words and opinions?

We tend to walk around with a ‘head full’ of so many different beliefs about ourselves, yet so infrequently do we stop and think about why we think these things, or if they have any real basis in reality. Oftentimes, many of our negative self-beliefs can even be influenced by seemingly-irrelevant experiences from our younger years that ended up sticking with us (and we just ended up forgetting about why we still think this way).

I recently shot a video on this concept, and how we tend to walk around with an entire host of painful ideas that probably don’t even resonate with what we really believe:

As Dr. Matt James writes in his Psychology Today piece on the subject of releasing limiting beliefs learned from the past:

“Your limiting decisions have shaped everything you do. They have prevented you from seeing opportunities and maybe even discouraged you from trying at all. Time to bring them out of hiding! Once you do that, you have choice.”

Further Reading:

Fast Company

Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony Gucciardi is a self-made entrepreneur, self-development writer, and consultant whose thoughts and writings have been featured in Best-Selling USA Today & Wall Street Journal books and NASDAQ leadership classes, with over 1 million subscribers across his platforms. Anthony utilizes his reach to share and speak on the works and concepts of thought leaders and proto-disruptors who invite us to examine our perceptions such as Manly P. Hall, Carl Jung, Robert Moore, Malidoma Patrice Somé, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and many others. Anthony invites us on his epistemological quest to explore the very nature of our understandings and how they affect our experience of reality.

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