Poor self-image is characterized by a lack of confidence and feeling bad about oneself. People with poor self-image often feel unlovable, awkward, or incompetent. People often compare themselves to others who can do something that they can’t.

The major cause of a poor self-image is an unrealistic and unfair comparison of experiences. We generally make the mistake of comparing our experience with another person’s experience. We exaggerate their successful experience and downgrade our success. Experience has nothing to do with ability(Experience can increase skill but that is another subject). For example, there are three million Australians who can do something that most cannot do. They can drive down the left-hand side of the highway. On the other hand, if you can drive, the chances are good that you can do something that three million Australians cannot do. You can drive down the right-hand side of the highway. This does not mean that either is smarter than the other. It simply means that you have a different experience.

Instead of feeling inferior because someone else can do something you can’t, why not concentrate on what you can do and others can’t. Admire the skills of others but remember, in most instances, you could greatly improve your skill by using the same amount of time and effort. Experience is often the only difference



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