I will never be good enough
Nobody likes me
…are some of the self-critical comments I’d say to myself daily.
All young people think bad things about themselves at times, but when their inner voices constantly put them down and make them feel like a failure, it can have a profound effect on their self-confidence and self-esteem.
In my teenage years, I was constantly hard on myself. It came from the social pressures of being a young person, growing up and finding my identity, from using negative self-talk as a way to protect myself from what I thought others thought of me, and from my extended family constantly comparing me to the other young people in my family.
The problem was that I started to believe some of these critical statements.
I’m writing this blog to give parents and loved ones some support and guidance as to how you can help your own child steer away from destructive self-criticism