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High Expectations of Self

How To Keep Negative Thoughts From Bringing You Down

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 05.16.2016 | Fifty
Wendy Lustbader

We make our own misery. Life is hard enough, but we make things worse by exaggerating our failings and piling up proof of our deficiencies. In a particularly bad mood, we can slip into a litany of missed opportunities, slip-ups, failures of nerve -- while giving ourselves hardly any credit.

The Expectations of Whys

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | Posted 12.15.2014 | Parents
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

Why is an accusing word. A word that is inherent criticism.After all, if everything was perfect, you wouldn't need to ask why. Have you ever heard anyone ask, "Why is the house so clean?" or "Why were the errands all run?" No. You haven't.

How Much Guilt Is Too Much?

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Some degree of guilt is natural and can be useful. But a continual nagging sense of guilt borne out of unrealistic expectations for oneself can interfere with one's enjoyment of life.