Developing a solely positive self-image is actually detrimental to our development because it can blind us from what we need to change in ourselves.
On the contrary, we need control and balance between a positive and negative self-image. For example, doubting ourselves as we head into exams at school or university urges us to study more and prepare better. Excessive self-confidence and being a know-it-all are harmful to our progress. We thus have to be able to direct the shift of our self-image from positive to negative and vice versa.
In addition, we should aim our self-image at a goal that we set out to achieve, so that we measure ourselves in relation to that goal. We thus need to regularly examine that goal and how we progress toward it—questioning whether we have the necessary means to achieve it, and accordingly adjust our self-image to be optimally goal-oriented.
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