Self-esteem

Not just ego: Low self-esteem can fuel substance abuse

“Self-esteem” is one of those terms which can cause some eyes to roll. Maybe it brings touchy-feely imagery to mind, or the suspicion that some people need to toughen up. The reality is a bit more complicated. Fundamentally, self-esteem is a person’s sense of value and worth. People with healthy self-esteem feel good about themselves, …

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May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

You’d swear your son was born under the sun: at the least he could be a tanning model, at most, a true heliophile. But those sloughed off sunburns of childhood can fatally brand a person’s future if repeatedly unchecked. This May is dedicated to awareness of skin cancer. Although your young man may be too …

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With a little help from my friends: How friends can help or hinder recovery

Friedrich Nietzsche warned people of the 19th century about the dangers of peer pressure, “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” For a teenager in recovery or treatment for substance abuse, the peer pressure from friends can …

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Philanthropic mindset: Nonprofits help with workplace image

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, appearances matter — especially when it comes to interviewing for a new job. For individuals who don’t have enough money to buy workplace appropriate clothing, this emphasis on formality can be a severe roadblock. After all, it’s hard to find the money to buy nice clothing without …

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