10-second life coach: A simple writing exercise that can help you feel more confident

10-second life coach: A simple writing exercise that can help you feel more confident

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23:37 GMT, 7 October 2012


Self-esteem exercise: Rate how confident you feel about yourself on a scale of one to seven

Self-esteem exercise: Take a pen and paper and rate how confident you feel about yourself on a scale of one to seven

Take a pen and paper and rate how confident you feel about yourself on a scale of one (not at all confident) to seven (very confident).

Now, take a look at the following list of adjectives and choose three words that reflect your best traits and three that reflect your worst:

Loyal, affectionate, ambitious,
aloof, unmotivated, secretive, caring, callous, cheerful, grumpy,
considerate, thoughtless, rude, cooperative, unhelpful, courageous,
indecisive, enthusiastic, apathetic, flexible, stubborn, unforgiving,
focused, frugal, generous, hard-working, grateful, lazy, honest, humble,
dishonest, arrogant, jealous, modest, immature, sincere, optimistic,
pessimistic, punctual, self-confident, insecure, disorganised,
pretentious, ostentatious.

Now
place the pen in your non-dominant hand and slowly write the three
negative traits.

Then place the pen in your dominant hand and slowly
write the three positive traits.

Finally, once again rate how confident
you feel about yourself.

This exercise is based on work conducted by psychologist Pablo Brinol.

In
a study, researchers discovered that participants who listed positive
traits with their non-dominant hand would have decreased self-esteem,
whereas writing negative traits with their non-dominant would make them
feel more confident.

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