While no two people on the planet will view themselves in the identical way, there are going to be people who’ve a self image that empowers them and there will even be people who’ve a self image that doesn’t empower them. And ones self image is something that may change as time goes by and is therefore not static.
How one sees themselves at one point in their life could enhance their life and at another time, it could cause them to feel limited and/or incapable. Whereas, if one’s self image doesn’t empower them to begin with, unless they change it, they don’t seem to be going to feel any different.
So while one person can believe that how they see themselves is who they’re, there are going to be other people who realise that this is not the case. Here, one is going to know that their self image will be changed at any point.
And through having this understanding, one goes to feel more empowered than someone who believes their self image is set in stone. To have this outlook signifies that nothing could be done about how they see themselves.
It’s then not an idea that they’ve about who they’re or what their able to, it is the truth of who they’re. To have this belief isn’t going to reinforce their wellbeing or allow them to achieve what they need to realize in life.
They might find yourself feeling as if they must settle for what life gives them. And when other people have a self image that supports them, they may very well be seen as having something they don’t.
In the case of the self image that one has, it’ll be a result of how other people have seen them from the moment they were born or how one has decided to see themselves.
What this means is that one’s self image could possibly be something one has defined themselves, or it could be something that others have defined for them. This is not going to be black and white though, as even when one has defined it themselves, they are still going to be influenced by others.
Nobody is their own island in any case; we’re all shaped by others in ways that we are aware and in ways that we’re unaware of. But just because one is influenced by others, it doesnt mean that they have to allow others to completely define them.
For some people, their childhood would have been a time where they received the feedback they needed to form an empowering self image. And this caused them to feel worthy, capable and supported for who they are, amongst other things.
After which there are going to be other individuals who didn’t receive the feedback they needed to create an empowering self image. As a result of this, they would have ended up feeling unworthy, incapable and that they don’t seem to be supported in terms of being who they truly are.
As Time Goes By
So if one has had a healthy self image from birth, it could stay with them for the rest of their life. This doesn’t mean they won’t have moments when it’s put under extreme pressure and even shattered, but what it does mean is that it is probably going to present them the resilience that they need to handle the ups and down of life.
And when it wasnt possible for someone to develop a healthy self image during their childhood years, it doesn’t mean that one is therefore unable to create one as an adult. What it does mean is that one goes to be more vulnerable to certain things.
Defined By Others
It could mean that one finds it difficult to define who they’re and allows other people to do it. And this is going to mean that they are unable to live the sort of life they need and to realize the things they want to attain.
One may feel accepted through letting others define them, but it’ll be at a cost. Their real needs and needs are going to end up being ignored and therefore unfulfilled.
The nice thing is that it is rarely too late for someone to take control of their self image and to define who they’re going to be. This may not be something that goes to be supported or encouraged by the people one usually associates with, but that is to be expected.
Their acceptance is more likely to be based on one behaving in a certain way, and when one changes, it could make them feel uncomfortable. But what is more important: matching up to other people’s expectations or living a life that reflects who one really is?
As one changes who they are, the people they are drawn to and attract goes to vary. And of their mind, they aren’t going to know any different and so they are unlikely to have the same need for one to alter.
If one feels that they need some sort of support with this, then it will be significant that they reach out for it. The assistance of a therapist, healer or a coach can make this process so much easier.