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boasting aboutboasting about
Personal DevelopmentPersonal Development
is a process thatis a process that
helps teens overcomehelps teens overcome
development isdevelopment is
an on-goingan on-going
Signs of lowSigns of low
1. Walking with their head1. Walking with their head
Teens who feel that theyTeens who feel that they
are not worthy find it veryare not worthy find it very
hard to make eye contacthard to make eye contact
when communicating.when communicating.
They avoid making aThey avoid making a
connection because theyconnection because they
assume others have theassume others have the
same negative view ofsame negative view of
them as they do.them as they do.
2. Not making eye contact2. Not making eye contact
when talkingwhen talking
This is usually a physicalThis is usually a physical
expression of shame andexpression of shame and
Teens with low self-Teens with low self-
esteem feel they need toesteem feel they need to
hide and survive publichide and survive public
situations unnoticed.situations unnoticed.
3. Using negative “I am”3. Using negative “I am”
Teenagers who commonlyTeenagers who commonly
use phrases such as “I amuse phrases such as “I am
useless”, “I never get ituseless”, “I never get it
right”, “I could never doright”, “I could never do
that” or “my family wouldthat” or “my family would
be better off without me”be better off without me”
are examples of someoneare examples of someone
expressing negativeexpressing negative
beliefs about who they are.beliefs about who they are.
4. Teasing, name calling, or4. Teasing, name calling, or
saying negative things aboutsaying negative things about
Teenagers who feel badTeenagers who feel bad
about themselves often findabout themselves often find
negative things about others.negative things about others.
This is usually a defenseThis is usually a defense
mechanism. Most times it is amechanism. Most times it is a
simple case of makingsimple case of making
themselves feel or look betterthemselves feel or look better
by making others look bad.by making others look bad.
5. Excessive boasting about5. Excessive boasting about
their achievements ortheir achievements or
Teenagers seeking to fightTeenagers seeking to fight
feelings of worthlessness tryfeelings of worthlessness try
to convince themselves andto convince themselves and
others the reverse byothers the reverse by
continually talking aboutcontinually talking about
how good looking they arehow good looking they are
6. Speaking very loudly and6. Speaking very loudly and
Teenagers who feelTeenagers who feel
insignificant or worthlessinsignificant or worthless
believe that others see thembelieve that others see them
as unimportant too, toas unimportant too, to
counteract these feelings,counteract these feelings,
they will try to verballythey will try to verbally
dominate communicationsdominate communications
to seek attention orto seek attention or
7. Evading social7. Evading social
When the teenagers feelWhen the teenagers feel
they are bound to bethey are bound to be
rejected, they will avoidrejected, they will avoid
situations that will reinforcesituations that will reinforce
this beliefs.this beliefs.
7. Evading social7. Evading social
Teens who have no friendsTeens who have no friends
or very weak interpersonalor very weak interpersonal
relationships with otherrelationships with other
teens would most likely haveteens would most likely have
low self-esteem.low self-esteem.
Peer bondingPeer bonding is anis an
important element of howimportant element of how
teenagers develop self-teenagers develop self-
8. Constantly apologizing8. Constantly apologizing
This is associated withThis is associated with
feelings of guilt. When afeelings of guilt. When a
teenager believes he alwaysteenager believes he always
makes mistakes or does notmakes mistakes or does not
make expectations, he feelsmake expectations, he feels
Going through personalGoing through personal
development processdevelopment process
will regain self-worthwill regain self-worth
and confidence.and confidence.