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How to Get Over Feelings of Inferiority

by Melody Causewell

Feelings of inferiority, or feeling less important than those around you, can be a disturbing emotion. The Mayo Clinic reports that those who believe that others are more capable, put little value on their own opinions or focus on the negative may be suffering from a lack of self-esteem. If this sounds like you, fear not. Feelings of Inferiority can be addressed.

Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

Research published in the "Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry" indicates that cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can be beneficial for improving low self-esteem. WebMD notes that cognitive behavioral techniques work by helping you identify and change negative thoughts and calm down. This may mean challenging thoughts that lead to feelings of inferiority. For example, consistently replacing a thought such as "I am not as cool as my neighbor" with "I have many good qualities" will eventually lead to a more positive cycle of self-talk to combat inferiority and self-esteem issues.

Find Positive Social Supports

How we see ourselves may be related to how others see us. Social support has been found to directly influence self-esteem levels, reports "Nursing Resources." The "Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences" found that self-esteem levels increase incrementally as perceived social support increases. Although meeting new people can be difficult when you are struggling with feelings of inferiority, spending more time with positive friends and finding ways to make new ones may be highly beneficial.

Exercise

"The Journal of Sports and Exercize Psychology" reports that women who exercise routinely tend to have higher self-esteem. The "Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing" takes this one step further, citing exercise as a balm for self-esteem; exercise also improves anxiety, sadness, negative moods and overall cognitive function. You can benefit from the mood-enhancing effects of exercise at home.

Spend Time Outdoors

Research published in "Perspectives on Public Health" found that people who spent time outdoors exercising together fared better in mood and self esteem measures than their counterparts who exercised inside. Not only that, but absorbing Vitamin D from the sun may also improve mood and feelings of well-being, notes "Issues in Mental Health Nursing." Combining an exercise routine with the outdoors may improve the way you feel and your overall self-esteem.

About the Author

Melody Causewell has been a writer in the mental health field since 2001. She written training manuals and clinical programs for mental health organizations. She has published feature articles "Leaven" magazine and has been published in "Natural Awakenings." She has a degree in psychology, a Masters degree in social work and is a La Leche League leader.

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