When most people think about bullying, they think about childhood, or bullying on the playground. However, bullying can be found in both corporate life and in your own business. If fact, I touched on this in my special report The 7 Warning Signs of a Bad Client. However, the most insidious form of bullying is that which we turn on ourselves.
Have you ever said or thought that to yourself?
Then you might suffer from self-bullying.
In this episode of The C.A.P. Podcast, I talk about what bullying is, how it appears when turned onto yourself and ways you can turn the tide by kicking the devil off your shoulder and embracing your inner angel.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are four main types of bullying: emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical, and cyber. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation.
Self-bulling is being mean, overly critical and/or hard on yourself. When you engage in self-bulling behavior you may do any of the following:
- Denigrate yourself: “You idiot!”
- Criticize yourself: “You never do anything right!”
- Call yourself names: “You stupid …”
- Threaten yourself: “The world would be better off without you!”
- Mock yourself: “Oh, that was nice!”
- Bring negative past experiences: Use historic reference to remind of past failures, guilt and shame.
According to WaterfallConcept.org, “Self-bullying is only beginning to be recognized as an emotional danger, but a growing number of researchers are establishing the connection between abusive self-talk and emotional pain.”
Some things you can do to reverse the damage and release yourself from self-bullying include:
- Create a “what I like about myself” list … and when you’re done, cross out “like” and change it to “love”
- Write a love letter to yourself … this technique is even better if you make it part of romantic “date” with yourself, as well
- Use affirmations … write them, say them, post them on your walls and mirrors
- Say “I love you” in the mirror … say it using your name gives it more energy
Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Use these techniques over and over again to clean out the negative programming and install the positive programming. Then continue to maintain your efforts moving forward.
And, if these techniques don’t work, seek help. Hire a life coach, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist to help you turn your back on the demon on your shoulder and embrace the angel on your shoulder instead.
How I use affirmations in my home
Here are some examples of what I’ve done with affirmations around my home.
This podcast was recorded on video. You can view excerpts here.
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