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What is Self-Hatred

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Could it be possible you hate yourself too much? Self-hatred is more than simply not liking yourself. When you suffer from self-hatred, you’ll constantly put yourself down and feel like you aren’t good at anything. Here, we’ll look at what self-hatred is, the impact it can have on your life and how you can stop […]
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Could it be possible you hate yourself too much? Self-hatred is more than simply not liking yourself. When you suffer from self-hatred, you’ll constantly put yourself down and feel like you aren’t good at anything.

Here, we’ll look at what self-hatred is, the impact it can have on your life and how you can stop it in its tracks.

Understanding self-hatred

Self-hatred is basically like having a little bully sat inside your head. You will experience constant criticizing thoughts, pointing out your flaws and mistakes. Just some common self-hatred thoughts you might experience include:

  • You’re a loser
  • Why did you event try, you knew you would fail
  • You aren’t good enough
  • Why can’t you just be normal?

You’ll put yourself down and compare yourself to others frequently. Self-hatred tends to develop over time and is triggered by more than one event.

How can it impact your life?

Although self-doubt is healthy, self-hatred is not. If you struggle with self-hatred, it can have a devastating impact on your life. Often the feelings of self-hatred worsen over time and can lead to destructive behaviours as you try and numb the negative self-talk.

Many people who suffer from self-hatred go on to develop destructive behaviours such as cutting themselves, developing eating disorders or turning to drugs and alcohol. It can impact every aspect of your life including your relationships, your career, and the friends you include in your life. You may also stop caring about the things you used to enjoy and avoid things that make you feel better.

The impact it can have on your life makes it important to treat quickly, rather than ignore it. The question is, how can you eliminate self-hatred?

Ways to eliminate self-hatred from your life

There are many ways to eliminate self-hatred from your life. Learning how to tame your inner bully is a great first step. So, when you notice that inner voice telling you negative things about yourself, switch it around. Stop those negative thoughts in their tracks and turn them into a positive.

So, if your inner bully says, “you aren’t worth anything,” switch it to “I may feel like I am not worthy, but I know that I am.” The more you counteract the negative with positive thoughts, the more positive your mind will become.

You can also make a list of all your strengths. If you struggle to come up with some, ask those closest to you. When you focus on your strengths, you won’t be too caught up in your weaknesses.

Finally, work on building up self-compassion. That is, treat yourself the exact same way you would treat a good friend. Would you beat them up for making a mistake? If not, why do it to yourself?

Overall, self-hatred can be a powerful thing to overcome since it builds up over time. However, the tips above can start to help quieten your inner bully and develop a little more self-compassion.

Kevin Watson

Kevin is a highly experienced and award-winning consultant, working with local business owners to drive business performance. He is passionate about making a difference, enabling and encouraging leaders who want to create and sustain meaningful change in themselves and the organisation.