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Paleo Confidence...

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Created January 23, 2011 at 11:44 PM

I don't know where else to find this.. my parents give horrible advice. I just need someone with life experience to help a young guy out! Is there a way to improve confidence? Or is it just something that happens through life experiences? Should I go ahead and "DO SOMETHING" about my low self esteem? Or should I just "go with the flow".... I don't know what or where my "flow" is.. Should I try things like standing up straight... speaking louder.. making eye contact.. and all of the "confident" crap? Or should I just go with the flowww...? Nothing happens when I go with the flow :(. I know this isn't paleo.. but everyone on this website seems so down to earth and NORMAL. I don't want any weird self help book/ psychology answers... just real answers from real people. what do you guys think?

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on July 11, 2011
at 05:27 AM

I'm serious, for physc paleo is the best thing. Imagine if you could have known about this when you were in highschool?

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on July 05, 2011
at 11:08 PM

YES for #1. Although I don't necessarily agree with 4. I have less confidence when I'm trying to be extroverted because that just isn't me. I'm an introverted person, and when I act like once I'm able to be confident and happy.

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:58 PM

AKD - I don't tell you enough that I love you :)

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Just acting confident and believing in yourself can help, and are indeed first steps, but true confidence comes through experience. The only way to get that experience is to just get out there and do, starting with the things Tom spoke of.

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on February 26, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Vitamin D makes me happier.

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on February 26, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I read a lot of self-help for a while, too. The book Wozza linked to is good, but not very well organized. Albert Ellis might be one of my role models. He broke a lot of barriers with his therapy style.

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on January 24, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Agree on this one... Start with nutrition, everything else falls into place.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I think it's the combination of proper nutrition and fitness, but I agree. You can fix mild anxiety and other issues with both.

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on January 24, 2011
at 03:06 PM

Stephen, really nice addition to an already great answer from Tom.

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on January 24, 2011
at 02:13 PM

as they say at my CrossFit box while doing air squats..."Get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ;)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I'm sure it is! Just enjoying the mental picture!

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I want to add for Goal Setting, dont set finish line goals. set the goal for how you are going to get there. Dont set a goal to run a mile in 4 minutes. Set a goal to run sprints 3x a week for at least 20 minutes each time, until you get better. in the same context, dont set a goal to have more friends, set a goal to introduce yourself to someone new every day.(and learn their name). You are immediately and continually meeting your own goals, and if need be you can always step them up a notch, but they are never so far out of reach that they seen unachievable.

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:16 AM

that does make sense... because I only feel confident when some external is going good.. like a hot girl, good friends, recieving compliments, doing well at stuff.. etc. My self worth shouldn't be dependent on other people or things... hmmm sounds interesting. Has this book helped you out at all? I read a lot of self help books for a little while and I think they really screwed my head up haha.. I am scared of them now.

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:15 AM

great answer Tom.

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:14 AM

its all very safe. promise.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Also, swords? Heh. I don't want to show up unexpectedly in YOUR woods.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Yeah, I was gonna go with the "fake it til you make it" but couldn't really even remember where or when I heard it, just that I know it's true. Most people think I am incredibly confident and out-going. They have no idea that on the inside I'm a mess! I'm just super good at pretending.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:49 AM

#5 was super important for me. Once you do the things you are afraid of, you usually figure out there wasn't that much to be afraid of. In fact, I keep making myself do triathlons, instead of duathalons, because I hate the swimming. LOL. I think it makes me stronger.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:32 AM

ok. at 20 and in college, i think you should find the groups that fit some interest that you have and start interacting with those ppl because 1) you already know that you probably have something in common with them 2) socializing is what those groups are there for. they want you to mix and mingle. college is an opportunity that will be unlike any other experience in life: you are in a place where you have from several thousand to tens of thousands of people your age in one place with a variety of backgrounds and interests. take advantage of that. you'll be sorry if you don't.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:20 AM

He's 20 and a college student.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Bronson, your posts just make me want to HUG you.

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0ee98c251b5eef357445aefec99c5d7b

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Some practical ways to build confidence (without the theory behind it):

1 - Set goals and do them. Success is taking action, not necessarily succeeding in your goals. Goals can be related to everything that is of value to you specifically (some examples: women, finances, improving your deadlift 1RM, school/university grades, etc.)

2 - Extend social circle. Humans are social critters.

3 - Help other people. We like it when we can help other people out. ( Some psychologists even say we like having friends because we can help them with their stuff and in turn feel validated about ourselves.) In fact, I'm doing it right now.

4 - Try to extrovert a.m.a.p.: Focus on your environment instead of your inner monologues, thoughts, negative thinking (all this stuff is holding you back from what you actually, really want). Think about those moments when you felt happiest/the most alive. Chances are that you were in the moment, in 'flow state' and were not consciously pondering things at all.

5. Confront your fears. Most fears, and other factors that cause a lack of confidence, are irrational and the way to most effectively change them is by experiencing them. Most likely outcome: nothing bad will happen and the fear will dissipate. This is actually a stoist principle (if you're interested in stoicism, read letters from a stoic by seneca, or meditations by marcus aurelius).

Most important thing: Don't read a bunch of self-help books, that will only lead to information overload and analysis paralysis. Figure out what you want in life and then put as much action as possible into it in order to achieve it.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:19 AM

I want to add for Goal Setting, dont set finish line goals. set the goal for how you are going to get there. Dont set a goal to run a mile in 4 minutes. Set a goal to run sprints 3x a week for at least 20 minutes each time, until you get better. in the same context, dont set a goal to have more friends, set a goal to introduce yourself to someone new every day.(and learn their name). You are immediately and continually meeting your own goals, and if need be you can always step them up a notch, but they are never so far out of reach that they seen unachievable.

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on January 24, 2011
at 03:06 PM

Stephen, really nice addition to an already great answer from Tom.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:15 AM

great answer Tom.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:49 AM

#5 was super important for me. Once you do the things you are afraid of, you usually figure out there wasn't that much to be afraid of. In fact, I keep making myself do triathlons, instead of duathalons, because I hate the swimming. LOL. I think it makes me stronger.

462ed57189bd2b8ffbe2a975186191f9

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Just acting confident and believing in yourself can help, and are indeed first steps, but true confidence comes through experience. The only way to get that experience is to just get out there and do, starting with the things Tom spoke of.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on July 05, 2011
at 11:08 PM

YES for #1. Although I don't necessarily agree with 4. I have less confidence when I'm trying to be extroverted because that just isn't me. I'm an introverted person, and when I act like once I'm able to be confident and happy.

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on January 23, 2011
at 11:54 PM

Best thing for confidence is making and attaining goals. Start out small and go from there. I think if you are already paleo, then you are already doing it. Make goals around your diet, at the end of every week that you have avoided processed foods, grains, sugars, give yourself a little pat on the back, youve accomplished something most people cant, or dont, wont. Do the same for your paleo workout/fitness schedule.

I really like the SMART goal setting idea. S - Specific M - Measurable A - Attainable R - Relevant T - Timed

Sticking with this, you can set up things that matter and that you can do. you will be able to see on a regular basis what you can accomplish, and then push yourself to accomplish more. Very little in this world boosts confidence as much as doing what you have set out to do, sometimes you just need a little structure around it so you can actually see all you are doing.

Also, nothing is a sexy to a woman as confidence, and getting some on the regular is good for the confidence, and so on, and so on. Its a vicious circle, but a great one.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I know that you asked for a non psychobabble answer, but im a psychotherapist so thats what youre going to get! Sigmund Freud said, "Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness," and never were truer words spoken. Part of what youre experiencing is so typical for your age and stage of life, and I SO DONT mean for that to sound condescending! Anyone who has said they never felt that way is a damned liar. It's something that all of us here can relate to, and frankly, something that everyone you know can relate to, though they wont ever admit it. Part of it is age and stage of life- that seemingly endless search for who you are, who you want to be with, what you want to do. That only will become more clear with time but not many people feel confident all the time in every situation. It's something we all struggle with throughout our lives; new jobs, new relationships, learning new things about ourselves and loved ones, etc. being in a new city for the first time alone- bonus points for not knowing the language and culture. Confidence isnt something you HAVE or DONT HAVE- its a process of learning about yourself. And yes, I know that sounds corny and canned, but, the keys are good work, and good love. Find your passion and pursue it. Find some relationships that fulfill you. Like you said in response to someone elses comment, it should come from inside, not external experiences. You'll get there, and I suspect that it will be sooner rather than later if youre half as honest with yourself in real life as you are here on the internwebs.

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:58 PM

AKD - I don't tell you enough that I love you :)

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on January 24, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I used to have issues with this as well, so I totally feel for ya man. What worked for me is a "fake it 'til you make it" approach. Stick your head up high and don't be afraid to boast and be a little playfully arrogant.

After a while you just have to realize how awesome you really are. You're doing Paleo, so you're a healthy dude which is very rare in this day and age. You're different, you're unique. Those kinds of people change the world.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:17 AM

ok, from a guy's perspective: if you're still in high school, don't sweat it. the world changes so much for the better afterwards for the most of us. you strike me as a very thoughtful type of person. guys like that do very well in college and into our twenties. the best part is, as you get older, women really start to value those qualities and trust me, nothing does a man's ego better than having a hot woman on his arm and the quiet confidence of knowing that you got her being you... at least this has been my experience. good luck.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:32 AM

ok. at 20 and in college, i think you should find the groups that fit some interest that you have and start interacting with those ppl because 1) you already know that you probably have something in common with them 2) socializing is what those groups are there for. they want you to mix and mingle. college is an opportunity that will be unlike any other experience in life: you are in a place where you have from several thousand to tens of thousands of people your age in one place with a variety of backgrounds and interests. take advantage of that. you'll be sorry if you don't.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:20 AM

He's 20 and a college student.

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:26 PM

People always roll their eyes when I say this sort of thing, but I'm wholly of the mind that proper nutrition rights most mental aberrations, of which the aforementioned most likely is. I had really bad anxiety and OCD tendencies before, but I have almost none now unless I'm anticipating something highly undesirable, like flying.

What's your diet like? Is your fat intake high enough? Vitamin D3 etc.?

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on January 24, 2011
at 11:10 PM

Agree on this one... Start with nutrition, everything else falls into place.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I think it's the combination of proper nutrition and fitness, but I agree. You can fix mild anxiety and other issues with both.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:41 AM

I assure you, many of us are OCD or different... I run around in the woods with groups of people with swords... normal. down to earth swords... Its all good here.

When I was grossly overweight, I found I was insecure, socially inept, and felt out of place and judged all the time. as Sad as it is, people treat you differently when you eat SAD.

Give it time, get your weight down, your testosterone up. Meet some likeminded people(or just talk to us online)

I forget the exact quote, but the rough of it is "fake it till you make it". "You are what you project" etc etc. The point is, stand straight, act like you feel comfortable, and keep doing that, eventually your brain says, "im supposed to be doing this" and it happens automatically.

I can tell you undeniably that shoulders back and chest up, not puffed out like a peacock, just not slouched, makes you feel a ton more comfortable. Theres scientific backing to this as well, from an evolutionary psychology standpoint.

All of this starts to come VERY easily when your Testosterone is higher. Check out my testosterone post, its a HUGE help to your confidence. http://paleohacks.com/questions/17035/jack-up-your-testosterone#axzz1BuNZO3G6

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:14 AM

its all very safe. promise.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Yeah, I was gonna go with the "fake it til you make it" but couldn't really even remember where or when I heard it, just that I know it's true. Most people think I am incredibly confident and out-going. They have no idea that on the inside I'm a mess! I'm just super good at pretending.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Also, swords? Heh. I don't want to show up unexpectedly in YOUR woods.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:45 AM

I'm sure it is! Just enjoying the mental picture!

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:09 AM

When I was obese and unhappy with the lowest self esteem of my life, I walked with my head down all the time. I avoided my reflection in doors and windows and mirrors. I dressed in all black and tried to make myself invisible.

As I have lost weight and gained strength and confidence, I learned to walk with my head up and make eye contact with people. I started wearing brighter colors and wanting people to notice me. It wasn't easy. The first time I went to a group fitness class I was scared to death. I sat outside in my car and had to talk myself into going into the gym. And this was a gym that I had been going to for awhile! I just hadn't taken classes.

What I'm trying to say is, MAKE YOURSELF DO IT. The flow isn't going to get you anywhere. Sign up for a class, go to the Atlanta Paleo meetup, PUSH YOURSELF TO DO IT, because no one else is going to. You obviously really want to improve your self esteem and confidence. It's going to be work, it's going to mean putting yourself in uncomfortable situations, but you will learn and grow with each and every one.

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on January 24, 2011
at 02:13 PM

as they say at my CrossFit box while doing air squats..."Get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ;)

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on July 05, 2011
at 07:40 PM

I've always trended towards being shy, but between the ages of 14 and 24 I think it was closer to a social phobia. I could barely make eye contact with the cashier at the grocery store, and people would ask me to repeat myself all the time because they said I spoke too quietly.

I did grow out of it, I think it was equal parts hormonal and brain maturity. I've read that our brains kind of go offline during puberty and don't finish rewiring as adult brains until our mid 20's, so be patient, and know things will get better. I feel like I needed to do a lot of observing life before I was ready to participate fully.

I don't know if this applies to you to, but for me I think a lot of it had to do with having a lot of sexual energy, but being too shy to find someone to share it with. Once I got over that hurdle it got quite a bit better.

I know this will sound superficial, but something that really helped was to wear "conversation pieces", so that other people would approach me and initiate conversations. A nice pair of boots seemed particularly effective for me, and they give you a confident stride. There are always those vibram five finger shoes if you really want to attract attention, but I think the jury is still out about whether they would attract or repel a romantic interest. I feel like I should also mention that you should under no circumstances buy a shiny shirt.

Music can be pretty powerful to get you out of your thoughts and into your body. Load up an ipod with a "soundtrack" for your day, and go for a walk around town. I started doing this while walking to work, and having that musical accompaniment while experiencing the outside world seemed to really boost my mojo, and helped me initiate what turned out to be a really fun 5 year relationship. I heard on NPR years ago that listening to the "007 theme" causes a measurable surge in testosterone. So, I'm guessing music might have that effect in general.

For some reason when I started doing core exercises, it really helped reduce the butterflies in the stomach feeling that kept me from talking to people. I just got a cheap pilates DVD, and did that every morning for a few months. I'm not sure why a strong belly helped, maybe it changed my posture.

And the thing that really got me out of my shell and boosted my self esteem the most was what I'll call the "throwing yourself to the sharks" method of self evolution. I took a job as a barista in a really busy coffee shop, and was suddenly forced to talk to hundreds of people a day. The first few weeks were like an all day heart attack, but it completely got me over being introverted. I'm guessing that making that much eye contact caused a pretty steady release of oxytocin (the love/trust hormone) into my system, and that eventually changed my brain chemistry for the better.

Best of luck! Hang in there.

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on January 24, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Bronson - I would like to say that you are surrounded with quality people here. I have used this site to help me navigate the ins and outs of the Paleo lifestyle. A nice bi-product has been developing a strong group of like-minded people to chat with and bounce ideas off of.

To your post on confidence. I want to say I remember reading that you were a male in your early 20's. If not, apologies. I just turned 28, am a single male. So, this post will be coming from what I hope is a similar point of view. I stuggle with confidence, as I think many people do. A few things that have helped me when in social situations (Stephen touched on this in his answer) Stand tall, try to exude confidence (just own it), talk yourself up in your head, SMILE, everyone responds well to smiles.

To help, I try to set minor goals throughout the night and check em off as I go. For instance, I went to a bar this weekend. I set goals of saying hi to at least 5 women, make friends with the bartender, introduce my friend who is super shy to people (forces me to talk to people). You can obviously tailor to meet your needs and comfort level.

I Hope this, along with all the other great answers, helps you out.

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on January 24, 2011
at 03:35 PM

There is an excellent book Feeling Good by Burns, which invovles cognitive therapy. But dont let that label turn you off. It simply is training yourself to defeat your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. You truly are what you think. Once you change/eliminate negative thoughts (mostly about yourself or at least emanating from yourself) then you become confident, more sociable, in a word: healthy. And your view of the world changes. The book has excellent exercises to do which will change your thoughts to more positive ones. It only takes practice to actually work. You will see a transformation as long as you practice to eliminate the negative self-defeating voice in your head. Then the presence of positive thoughts in their place will become second nature.

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on January 24, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Oh there is so much I want to say to you! And like Sherpamelissa said, give you a HUG!

First, don't be so hard on yourself. Seriously. Take a deep breath, you're human. You're not perfect and no one else is either. Its okay and its okay to love yourself too.

what I'd like to say to you is...don't be afraid of people because everyone is a little nerdy or dorky. EVERYONE. Seriously, they just show it in different ways. Some people are dorks when it comes to football or sports. Some people are nerds when it comes to studying for school, being in the drama club, or history. Some people are dorks when it comes to craft projects. Some people are nerds when it comes to video games. You get the picture. Everyone geeks out about something. You sound like a nice person and I bet if you just start asking people about what they are passionate about and listen, you'll have made a friend without even knowing it.

Likewise, everyone is faking it. Everyone has something they don't like about themselves. Most of the time they are covering for it. You'll find this out OR already know this about your close friends. Most of the time YOU don't even care, or mind, or notice. Give yourself the same love and courtesy you give to them.

Beyond that...My advice to you...especially in college...GET INVOLVED.

Do you play sports? or crossfit? I would HIGHLY recommend to get involved in a intramural sports team, a fun welcoming crossfit box, doing a couple 5Ks or something of the like. Invite people to come try it with you. Get around people who are healthy and positive, sports are an easy way to do that. Don't take yourself too seriously, don't be afraid to be silly or feel awkward (everyone feels awkward at times) or even laugh at yourself. Good people find that endearing and it makes them feel more comfortable around you.

Have you gone to your student center? Have you gone to the events they've put on? bingo night, game night, bowling, concerts, plays, talent show, sporting events, comedy night, chess team, debate team, etc. Go! Most of the time it is free or a couple of bucks and totally worth it. Meet new people, don't be afraid to approach someone. Most people won't approach you because they are afraid. Be the icebreaker - ask them questions "what year are you? what classes are you taking? who is your favorite professor/which professor do you like the least? what is your favorite subject? what do you want to do after graduation? What do you like to do for fun? are you orginally from around here?" Go see what it is all about, don't be afraid to give it a second chance if you didn't like it the first time.

You can't let life pass you by. Don't let fear hold you back. When I say this what I mean is - if you want to go to the movies or to a concert or party but no one is inviting you...invite THEM. Be the one to organize it. Call some friends up, facebook some people and say "hey you want to go see this movie/concert/event put on by the student center?" cast a WIDE net and don't give up. People get busy and if you ask them more than once they are more likely to say "yes" and/or ask YOU next time they are doing something. Also, helps if you're involved in a sports team/crossfit box you can ask all of them plus people in your classes, plus any people you have met at other events.

Just remember that even if you aren't "good" at something, just the challenge of making an effort, learning something new, improving, and completeing will build confidence. You have to start somewhere.

I hope this has helped!

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:27 AM

There are three things that really improved my confidence and personal comfort level. 1.) age- I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin until I was about 28, 2.) a happy marriage- always knowing that there is one mostly sane person who adores you really helps to shake off concern over whether other people do, and 3.) changing my eating habits- dropping the soy and adding in a lot (a LOT!) of healthy animal fats and coconut oil really helped to balance my mood and hormones. It turns out that a lot of my self esteem issues were more nerves than anything else.

If your self esteem issues come from hormone issues, general health, and so on, then simply eating a healthy diet (preferably high in animal fat) will probably help a lot. If you're very young, then simply aging will probably help. If it's a psychological issue, then I have no idea. But if you have friends and family who love you A LOT and are very supportive, then try to spend more time around them. It does wonders for an inferiority complex.

SherpaMelissa is right, though- the flow won't do anything for you if you're not already moving. Did you ever see Finding Nemo? Going with the flow (in the EAC) got them where they wanted to go pretty fast- but first they had to find their way into the flow.

And by the way, taking yourself out of the equation really helps to. Really love up on the people that you care about, and you won't have as much time to worry about yourself.

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on July 11, 2011
at 04:31 AM

Pretense helps. Find one thing that makes you consider yourself to be ultra-cool by virtue of having/doing that thing, or even better, NOT doing that thing. That will give you you ultimate confidence. Of course I might have just spoiled that avenue with this suggestion. Hrm.

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:06 AM

You don't want self-esteem, which is usually conditional on outside factors. You want unconditional self acceptance.

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on January 24, 2011
at 01:16 AM

that does make sense... because I only feel confident when some external is going good.. like a hot girl, good friends, recieving compliments, doing well at stuff.. etc. My self worth shouldn't be dependent on other people or things... hmmm sounds interesting. Has this book helped you out at all? I read a lot of self help books for a little while and I think they really screwed my head up haha.. I am scared of them now.

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on February 26, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I read a lot of self-help for a while, too. The book Wozza linked to is good, but not very well organized. Albert Ellis might be one of my role models. He broke a lot of barriers with his therapy style.

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on January 24, 2011
at 12:46 AM

i think "going with the flow" gets you nowhere, as you already realized. just a few minutes ago, i stumbled over these lines:

"whatever scares you, go do it. every time you're making a choice, one choice is the safe/comfortable choice - and one choice is the risky/uncomfortable choice. the risky/uncomfortable choice is the one that will teach you the most and make you grow the most, so that's the one you should choose."

so, all you need to do is to break out of your comfort zone regularly, and it will soon become a habit, and your second nature. challenge yourself EVERY DAY by doing something you're feeling uncomfortable with, without caring about the result. spontaneous ACTION is the important part here, NOT the result of this action. “Whatever you're thinking, go do it!”

that's the psychological part - but there's most likely also a physiological/biochemical part to it. in fact, the physical part could easily be 90% of the story, even if you may feel "it's just in my head". be sure you get rid of any kind of digestive, allergic or nutritional problem (the gut strongly modulates neurotransmitters and behavior!). take supplements as needed. try Vitamin D3, St Johns Wort, 5-HTP, Inositol, P5P, Phosphatidylserine, SAMe, TMG, ALC, R-LA, DHA/EPA, and anything that protects your brain and supports dopamine production. this includes regular intense physical activity (e.g. go for a short jog first thing after waking up i the morning). always go to bed before midnight, and get up early. be physically active outside as often as possible. limit internet/computer use as much as possible. you are much stronger and much more capable than you may think! just do it.

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on February 26, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Vitamin D makes me happier.

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on July 11, 2011
at 04:30 AM

I want to give wisdom and advice here, and give inspirational sentences on how to live, butt.....I know better than all of that is just be strict paleo. No advice will help physc, confidence, appeal, flow, better than to simply ditch grains. Easy as that. All this wisdom will just confuse you.

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on July 11, 2011
at 05:27 AM

I'm serious, for physc paleo is the best thing. Imagine if you could have known about this when you were in highschool?

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