It can be insulting and patronizing to hear someone tell you “you really should see a shrink.” Unfortunately, this reaction is largely the result of the stigma that surrounds mental wellness. The fact is, people go to the doctor once or twice a year, not because they’re sick, but because they want to see if everything is all right. Cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT can be part of our regular health routine as well; the mind is just as important as the body in supporting overall wellness.
Being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, talents, and abilities changes how you walk in the world. In the quest to improve self-esteem, the process of self-rating can be harmful. This is why some therapists combine teaching self-esteem and unconditional self-acceptance, where you accept your whole self regardless of what you or others think might be "wrong."
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