The Self

Here you will find articles about the self as well as important research findings and useful or/and interesting insights on this topic.

16 Self-Concept Questionnaires, Activities and Tests (+PDF)


Take a moment and ask yourself: Who am I? How do you answer such a complex question? It’s tough and one that psychologists have consistently sought to help us with. ‘Self-concept’ might not be a term you’re generally familiar with, but it’s one that’s well worth knowing about. It essentially […]

What is Positive Self-Talk? (Incl. Examples)

Positive self-talk

It’s not uncommon for most of us to keep a running dialogue inside our heads. This dialogue can range from giving ourselves instructions while we carry out a task, random observations about our environment or a situation, or it could be what is often referred to as self-talk. Self-talk is […]

17 Self-Awareness Activities and Exercises (+Test)


How self-aware do you feel you are? In terms of psychology, self-awareness is often defined as the ability to engage in some kind of reflective awareness. As you develop an awareness of the self, you begin to connect with your own unique identity. As you focus on yourself and start […]

10 Best Self-Awareness Books for Increasing Reflection

Self-Awareness Books

How often do you take a moment to reflect on your thoughts and emotions? Have you ever explored the underlying causes of your behavior? Self-awareness drives us closer to ourselves. It lets us gain clarity over our emotions, and helps to identify the strengths and weaknesses that lie within us. […]

19 Best Books on Self-Discipline and Self-Control [2019]

Books self-discipline

Self-discipline goes by many names – willpower, self-control, and self-regulation, to name a few. It helps us stay focused, deal adaptively with distractions, and accomplish what we intend to do, among many other things. Some researchers have linked self-discipline with accomplishment, others with well-being, and still others argue that it’s […]

40+ Benefits of Self-Control and Self-Discipline

benefits of self-control

For many people, self-control represents a deeply desired; yet, allusive attribute that too often slips through our fingertips. There is a multitude of areas in everyday life where so many of us want to do better. This is particularly evident given the millions of people (including almost half of Americans) […]

Top 11 Benefits of Self-Awareness According to Science

Benefits of self-awareness

So many humans are walking around this planet unaware of the impact they have on the people around them. Within each of us is a tremendous capacity to affect change. Yet, too many of us simply react to the creations of others. Being self-aware and practicing daily reflection and introspection […]

Measuring Self-Efficacy with Scales and Questionnaires

Self Efficacy Scale

Self-efficacy is all about your belief in your own abilities as it pertains to dealing with various situations. Self-efficacy can play a big role in your life, impacting not only how you feel about yourself but also how successful you might be. According to Albert Bandura, an influential social cognitive […]

What is Self-Reliance and How to Develop It?

what is self-reliance

Self-reliance is all that it sounds like plus considerably more. If not introduced to the world by Ralph Waldo Emerson, it was definitely brought to much popular public awareness by his 1841 essay Self-Reliance. In positive psychology, self-reliance has strong theoretical significance thanks to its implications for happiness. You’ll probably […]

4 Ways To Improve And Increase Self-Efficacy

improve self-efficacy

Self-efficacy is the belief we have in our abilities and competencies. Albert Bandura (1977), a pioneer humanist and father of the concept of self-efficacy, defined it as “people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise their influence over events that affect their lives” (Bandura, 1994). […]

What is Self-Image and How Do We Improve it? Definition + Quotes

What is self-image

Self-image is yet another of the “self” concepts essential to understand in positive psychology. Although related to the others, it is a distinct concept that has its own place and its own importance. If you’re not sure what self-image is, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn […]

What is Self-Worth and How Do We Increase it? (Incl. 4 Worksheets)

What is Self-Worth and How Do We Increase it? Definition, Quotes + 4 Worksheets

Chances are, you've heard of the many, many "self-" words. There’s self-esteem, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-respect, self-confidence, self-love, self-care, and so on.  There are so many words to describe how we feel about ourselves, how we think about ourselves, and how we act toward ourselves. It’s understandable if they all start to […]

Introducing the Science of Self-Acceptance Masterclass©

science of self-acceptance

The Science of Self-Acceptance is an online, self-paced masterclass that will teach you how to best help clients and students suffering from an unhealthy relationship with themselves. We believe the Science of Self-Acceptance Masterclass© has the power to increase mental health by changing the way people relate to themselves – […]

The #1 Most Impactful Well-Being Habit That We Practice The Least

self-acceptance habit

Did you know that self-acceptance is one of the well-being habits that we practice the least, but that it’s the most impactful habit of all? A UK survey of 5,000 participants found that out of 10 key “Happy Habits”, participants engaged in self-acceptance the least; see the table below (Action […]

19 Self-Acceptance Quotes For Relating To Yourself In A Healthier Way

  “There is no greater suffering than constantly measuring yourself and coming up short, except perhaps the realization that your suffering is hurting others. But where do we learn these things? Because, really, they are learned. We don't come crying out of the womb because of our birth weight or […]

What is Self-Expression and How to Foster It? (20 Activities + Examples)


Do you ever stop to think about how you share yourself with others? We all have our own unique quirks and traits, and we all have our own preferences and style for sharing pieces of ourselves with those around us. You likely have a different level of sharing comfort with […]

12 Tips For Building Self-Confidence and Self-Belief (+PDF Worksheets)

self-confidence self-belief

“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford This classic quote from automobile magnate Henry Ford is a perfect lead into this piece. The topic is self-confidence and self-belief, two ingredients to a healthy and happy life. According to Ford, your belief […]

What is Self-Acceptance? 25 Exercises + Definition and Quotes

Woman Lying Down On Autumn Leaves

Do you accept yourself? It might sound like an odd question; after all, what does it even mean to accept yourself? Don’t we all accept ourselves as a regular part of living our day-to-day lives? As it turns out, self-acceptance is not an automatic or default state. Many of us […]