Negative self-beliefs often require a therapist and a lot of work to learn positive thought patterns and behaviors. It can take years to reframe life through a positive lens because often negative self-beliefs are introduced and cemented during the formative years of a person’s life. Negative self-beliefs like being unworthy of love or everything being one’s own fault can be either explicitly taught or the inferred by repeated circumstances. Mental illness or struggles can further reinforce negative self-beliefs, so it is essential to get help to heal from this kind of harm.
- People who believe they need to “fix” themselves often have fears of abandonment.
- Adults who strive for perfectionism often were told they weren’t good enough as children.
- One has to become aware of and identify their self-limiting beliefs in order to overcome them.
“A similar pattern can also be seen in self-limiting beliefs which are based on negative thoughts, feelings, opinions, or values a person holds about themselves.”