The saying “fake it till you make it” might actually be more accurate than we first thought. When it comes to body language, the way you communicate with your body can actually help to influence your mood. So, sheepish body language makes us sheepish, and confident body language makes us confident.
Good ways to cope with adversity (difficult or unpleasant situations) makes more sense if we compare them with what’s useless. For example, if we try to deny a problem and push to one side it will come back and bite hard. Similarly, attempts to trivialise the issue or to become fatalistic about it aren’t helpful.
In most cases the development of self-esteem is a kind of transaction between parent and child. The better this relationship works the more the child feels valued, appreciated and safe. Enabling a child to explore their potential within a framework of love, and limits, provides a firm underpinning for development.