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Old 08-10-2013, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default Insecurities

Insecurity is:

Feeling of not being ``good enough'' to meet the challenge of a
situation you face in life.

Sense of helplessness in the face of problems, conflict, or concerns.

Belief that one is inadequate or incompetent to handle life's

Fear of being discovered as inadequate, ill fitted, or unsuited to
meet responsibilities at home, school, or on the job.

Sense of not fitting in, being ``out of synch'' with those in your
peer group.

Perception that life is unpredictable with most of the expectations
you have to meet not clearly understood.

Sense of always climbing up a mountain, never being able to reach the

Sense of lacking support or reinforcement where you live, work, or

Results from a sense of being unaccepted, disapproved, or rejected.

Inner turmoil coming from a lack of direction or bewilderment as to
where you are going, what your goals are, and what responses are
appropriate for events in life.

Why are people insecure?

Insecure people may have:

Been raised in a chaotic, unpredictable, or volatile environment in
which they were kept off balance, on guard, or on edge.

Experienced a major tragedy or loss in their lives and are having a
difficult time in accepting this loss and adjusting to the ``change.''

Experienced a major ``failure'' in life (e.g., divorce, losing a job,
bankruptcy, failure in school, losing a friend, lack of acceptance
into social or civic groups, etc.) that led them to question their
personal competency.

A poorly developed self-concept with low self-esteem, lacking belief
in their personal goodness, skills, or abilities.

Never felt accepted by the ``others'' in their life, so much so that
they became chronically shy, retiring, and withdrawn in their

Had an unrealistic list of rules and expectations prescribed by
significant others in their life, rules they are striving to meet
even in their current life.

A poor body image, making them believe that others see them in a
negative light. This makes them self-conscious, tense, and anxious in
dealing with others.

Never received enough positive reinforcement or feedback from others
about their talents and abilities, leaving them unclear as to their

Been given very little direction, guidance, or discipline in their
earlier lives leaving them unable to cope with the current pressures
of life.

Always felt overshadowed or overlooked due to the people in their
lives who seemed to be more successful, smarter, prettier, more
handsome, more athletic, higher achievers, getting much attention.
This can foster doubt in an insecure person's ability to gain
recognition for their successes, and can make them doubt their
ability to achieve success.

What do chronically insecure people believe?

I can never accomplish the task facing me!

Everybody is looking at me, just waiting for me to make a fool of

I am a failure!

I am ugly and awful to look at!

I can never win. I am a loser.

What is the sense of trying, I'll never get it right!

No matter how hard I work to achieve, I never get any recognition!

I am incompetent in everything.

How could anybody ever say anything good about me?

I failed them in the past; therefore, I am a failure today!

Once a failure, always a failure!

There is only one direction for me to go in this organization and
that is down and out!

No one could ever like, respect, or accept me!

I don't deserve to be treated nicely!

I don't fit in here or anywhere else for that matter!

Everyone else looks so good, so together; I feel so out of it
compared to them!

I am an incomplete person and will always be that way!

I am so afraid that no one will like me!

Why would anyone care to hear what I say, how I feel, or what I think?

People are just nice to you in order to use you and get something
they want from you!

What are some negative effects of insecurity?

People who are insecure can:

Have difficulties in establishing healthy, long-lasting relationships.

Be perceived incorrectly by others as being snobbish or uppity;
therefore, they are avoided due to the others' misperceptions.

Become victims of fears that impair their freedom of action or choice.

Be candidates for paranoia feeling "others'' are out to get them.

Scare others away from them by their defensive attitude.

Be over-controlled emotionally, having problems letting others in on
their emotions.

This can lead others to guess what is going on until the passivity of
the insecure person leads to an over-reaction by the others,
resulting in conflict or rejection.

Have problems on the job or in school when they have the knowledge,
skills and abilities to do a task efficiently but are told to do it
in a different, less effective manner. They get so uptight about the
job and are fearful of standing up for what they believe that they
get angry, hostile, and resentful until they either quit or succeed
in submerging their emotions.

Get passed over for promotions, advances, or honors because they are
so quiet about what it is they do. This leads the insecure persons to
feel more unaccepted, unappreciated, and under-valued.

Have problems meeting people and often can become debilitated
socially by chronic shyness.

Become so inward that they seek to escape into their fantasy life
rather than deal with the reality of their lives.

How can insecurity be overcome?

In order to overcome insecurity, people need to:

Be willing to be put in vulnerable positions in life where they might
get hurt.

Take risks to change their current behavior.

Trust others enough to expose themselves to them, risking
vulnerability and the possibility of being hurt.

Have a healthy and humorous belief in themselves in order to overlook
their exaggerated need for acceptance and approval.

Take a rational approach to each problem they face so that they are
no longer inhibited by debilitating fears or beliefs.

Practice assertive behavior in their lives, earning respect and the
acknowledgment of their rights.

Arouse the courage to take small steps in learning to experience
success and overcoming their lack of belief in self. Once the success
is experienced, they can build on it to gain the courage to act out
of a strong conviction in their self-goodness and worth.

Break the barrier or outer shell of the self-doubt they have hidden
behind and reach out to others. Breaking out of their ``shells''
requires letting go of past hurts (real or imagined) and moving on
with life.

Open themselves to the possibility of success and accomplishment.
Visualize or make a prophecy of winning at life so their energies are
focused in a growth direction.

Reward themselves for who they are and capitalize on their strengths,
attributes, skills, and competencies.

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