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Chapter 5. Assessing Self-Image > Rethinking Negative Self-Judgments

Rethinking Negative Self-Judgments

Some personal traits you listed as weaknesses or negative characteristics can be evaluated differently if you change your perspective. Other people may view as an endearing quality something you see as a fault or undesirable trait. We often apply a negative label to ourselves, using an excessively harsh judgment that may be viewed more positively by a more objective observer.

We can look at ourselves from a different perspective by considering other ways to describe the same characteristic with more realistic or forgiving words. Examine the list below and write a more positive description of the same quality in the space provided.


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