Friday, October 24, 2008

Quote of the Day

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.
--Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers

Keep in mind that recent research suggests that the brain has a great deal of neuroplasticity. (Click here to read another blog posting I did on this topic.) If we work at it, in other words, it's possible to form new beliefs about ourselves.


  1. Anonymous1:59 PM

    Oh how true, I am finding as I age that I don't need to be as hard on myself. I am fine just the way I am. I think my self image is improving :)

  2. Hi Dena, I went on your blog. I love that you are on a quest to see and experience the beauty in life. In terms of self-image, I always encourage people to treat themselves with the same kindness & compassion that they treat their dearest friends. Now if only I could follow my own advice. (Ha!)

  3. This is a wonderful quote. It is so true. I think back to all the "silly" stuff I listened to in my head when I was in my 20's and 30's. Now in my mid 40's my thoughts are gentler. And when they are not, I know I have the power to change them. It is quite remarkable. I wish I could bottle that up and give it to every young woman who struggles with confidence issues.

  4. Same with me. And this is where a little regret comes in. I wish I had known then what I know now. I wasn't have been so afraid or self critical.

    Oh well...better late than never, right? Hmmmm. Sounds like the words of a late bloomer!

  5. Anonymous8:16 PM

    This idea of brain plasticity or flexibility is becoming a cornerstone of educational philosophy. Teachers (at least the teachers I knew before I retired a couple years back) are not adhering so much to the diagnosis and its outdated treatment for a learning disability - instead, strategies to dispel disabilities are becoming more commonplace. I hope this trend continues! It gives so much hope!