You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?” (And you may have rolled your eyes.) But it’s true that confidence and strength are necessary to reach our full potential—and that’s where personal empowerment comes in.
To that end, quotes can be inspiring.
Goali Saedi Bocci, PhD, often turns to one of her favorites from famed dancer Agnes de Mille: “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”
A 2016 article in American Psychologist proposed a model of personal empowerment, the components of which include personally meaningful and power-oriented goals, self-efficacy, knowledge, competence, action, and impact. According to the authors, “Individuals move through the process with respect to particular goals, doubling back repeatedly as experience promotes reflection.”
Yet another quote is apropos here: “It takes a village.” In fact, lining up a good support system—in tandem with self-care strategies—can help ward off relapse.
Science backs that up. A study published in 2017 in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology found that interventions that empower people to manage mood shifts may support recovery, while fearing mood changes may lower an ability to restrain them.
Even superheroes, it appears, welcome assistance when needed.
For instance, Marvel Comics superhero Nadia Pym, in issue No. 5 of The Unstoppable Wasp, comes to the realization she likely has bipolar—and that she doesn’t think she can handle it alone.
“It felt like it was a unique opportunity to show Nadia as someone who is struggling and who is seeking help, but is still heroic,” says writer Jeremy Whitley. “She is never not a hero because of her mental health issues.” Read more >>
June 5, 2019, Sydney, Australia—High levels of Internet use can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may reflect changes in the brain—affecting our attentional capacities, memory processes, and social interactions.
Published in leading psychiatric research journal World Psychiatry, this finding came from an international team of researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and the University of Manchester.
“The limitless stream of prompts and notifications from the Internet encourages us towards constantly holding a divided attention,” says Dr. Joseph Firth, who led the reporting, “which then in turn may decrease our capacity for maintaining concentration on a single task.” Read more >>
Perfectionism compares ourselves against high standards that we are certain not to live up to––which only degrades our self-worth. So it’s about time we ditched perfectionism for good!
By Debbie Jacobs
Perfectionism comes with the expectation that we are flawless––but perfectionism itself is a flaw. Authenticity, however, is ‘perfect’. Being yourself takes a level of acceptance that we are not perfect, nor should we strive to be.
When we have an expectation of perfection, it does nothing but set us up for failure and invalidation. I once read a meme that said “Perfectionism is the highest form of self-abuse” and I agree. It sets us up to be hard on ourselves every time we are not perfect, or things don’t go our way––which is almost all the time! Perfectionism is a trap that we need to stop falling for. Read more >>
An international team of researchers has found the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may reflect changes in the brain, affecting our attentional capacities, memory processes, and social interactions. In a first of its kind review, published in World Psychiatry — the world’s leading psychiatric research journal, the researchers...
August 1, 2019 • Volume 12, Issue 31Subscribe to Hope & Harmony Headlines Tracking Symptoms to Prevent Episodes How are your sleuthing skills? If they’re rusty—or nonexistent—it’s time to get out the polish, because being your own detective when it comes to tracking mood swing symptoms can help manage, and perhaps prevent, an...
Perfectionism compares ourselves against high standards that we are certain not to live up to––which only degrades our self-worth. So it’s about time we ditched perfectionism for good! Perfectionism comes with the expectation that we are flawless––but perfectionism itself is a flaw. Authenticity, however, is ‘perfect’. Being yourself takes a level of acceptance that we...
Nadia Pym is a girl scientist with bipolar. She’s also The Unstoppable Wasp, a Marvel superhero. Read how artist Jeremy Whitley brings her to life. Comic book writer Jeremy Whitley has a reputation for combining empowerment and adventure. In Princeless, a princess (who is a young woman of color) refuses to wait around for someone...