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Thursday: Self-esteem and trauma recovery

In Sexual Assault Awareness on December 1, 2011 at 5:02 am

Having an intact positive self-esteem is one of the key elements in overcoming trauma and empowering oneself. It is important to realize that one’s self-esteem must be build upon individual inner strengths, not external influences. One technique that helps people to recognize strengths and overcome negative self-talk is called Cognitive Rehearsal. This can happen in a number of ways. One strategy in particular involves the following steps. First, one must make a list of ten positive personal statements about themselves. These statements can include any number of personal traits and attributes from “I am a good listener” to “I am clean and orderly.” Next, find a place to relax for fifteen or twenty minutes. Meditate or think about one statement on the list and what makes it accurate for a minute or two. Repeat this for each of the ten statements. Thirdly, repeat this exercise for ten days add an additional statement each day. Finally, several times a day, look at an item on the list and think about its accuracy for two minutes. Using flash cards for the statements is a good way keep up with them. Thinking about our positive attributes can help us dispute and conquer our negative, faulty, thoughts.

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