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Day 885: Learning to Love Myself

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Did you know that a girl's self-esteem peaks at about age 10? At around age 18-20 it goes back up, but it never hits the same height that it was at about age 10.

I want to be the exception.

I did not have high self-esteem as a child. I was always the shy, over-weight kid with few to no friends, who was an easy mark for the bullies looking to make themselves feel better by picking on the weak (that would be me).

I hated myself for not being the pretty, skinny girl that grade-school kids expect of girls. So I would eat, and get picked on, and eat some more. And it wasn't much better at home.

So, I grew up hating myself. And I have never stopped.

But, I want to stop hating myself. I want to learn to love myself. So, I'm wondering, is that something you can learn from a book? I've been looking on Amazon at the MANY books they have on how to learn to love yourself and I'm wondering if it really works? Has anybody really gained self-esteem by reading a book and doing all of the exercises? Really, I'm serious, I want to know. Is it a worthwhile investment, or a waste of money? Please let me know your experiences.

Thanks so much for your advice.
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  • 4CYNDI
    I have read several books of various kinds over the years dealing with lots of different topics. I will say that I think you can get some great ideas of how to change your attitude regarding yourself. Take your time to pick one or two that seems to call to you. I've found positive affirmations helped me with this. If you learn well by reading and doing exercises then I think they can be beneficial.

    It will take time but you CAN do this! Loving yourself makes all the difference.
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