This week in group we will be focusing on self regard, one of the cornerstones of emotional intelligence. Self-regard is respecting yourself while understanding and accepting your strengths and weaknesses. A strong sense of self-regard is associated with feelings of inner strength and self-confidence. Healthy self-regard allows us to accept praise as well as hear criticism in a constructive way.
Paradoxically, taking an honest evaluative look at our areas of weakness give us a greater ability to quiet our inner critic and stop comparing ourselves to others or an idealized version of ourselves.
“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” – Kurt Vonnegut