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How to Like Yourself
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How to Like Yourself
A Teen's Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem

Don't let your inner critic get in the way of being confident! How to Like Yourself offers a quirky, inspiring, and practical guide to help you overcome feelings of self-criticism, improve self-esteem, and be the true star in your life.

With all the pressures of school, friends, and dating, you're especially vulnerable to low self-esteem in your teen years. But often, the biggest threat to your confidence is your own inner critic—whose unrelenting negativity can result in feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety. This must-have guide offers real ways to help you fight back, be kind to yourself, and move forward with confidence.

Inside, you'll learn the importance of self-forgiveness, accepting your faults, and how to focus on the things that make you awesome! You'll also learn strategies for defeating the dreaded ICK—the inner critic know-it-all who keeps knocking you down—and how to escape the common thought traps that hold you back from feeling good about yourself.

This book unlocks the mystery of the most important relationship you will ever have—the one with yourself! So, get ready to find your true inner voice. A kinder, gentler one that will support you as you reach for your goals and create the fabulous life you were meant to live!

Don't let your inner critic get in the way of being confident! How to Like Yourself offers a quirky, inspiring, and practical guide to help you overcome feelings of self-criticism, improve self-esteem, and be the true star in your life.

With all the pressures of school, friends, and dating, you're especially vulnerable to low self-esteem in your teen years. But often, the biggest threat to your confidence is your own inner critic—whose unrelenting negativity can result in feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety. This must-have guide offers real ways to help you fight back, be kind to yourself, and move forward with confidence.

Inside, you'll learn the importance of self-forgiveness, accepting your faults, and how to focus on the things that make you awesome! You'll also learn strategies for defeating the dreaded ICK—the inner critic know-it-all who keeps knocking you down—and how to escape the common thought traps that hold you back from feeling good about yourself.

This book unlocks the mystery of the most important relationship you will ever have—the one with yourself! So, get ready to find your true inner voice. A kinder, gentler one that will support you as you reach for your goals and create the fabulous life you were meant to live!

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  • Cheryl M. Bradshaw, MA, is a registered psychotherapist working in private practice, and author of How to Like Yourself—a self-esteem guide for teens—and The Resilience Workbook for Teens. She has been featured on various television shows, radio shows, and podcasts, including Breakfast Television, Global's The Morning Show, CBC Radio, and Today's Parent. Her first book was also selected as a 2016 Foreword INDIES finalist for the 2016 Young Adult Nonfiction category. In addition, Cheryl received the inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award from Yorkville University in 2017. Bradshaw served as a counselor at both Sheridan College and the University of Guelph. She also has a background in teaching, and continues to work with and volunteer with schools and charities to talk about youth and young adult mental health, self-esteem, and also to support parents with their teens.
    Bradshaw resides in Hamilton, ON, Canada; with her husband, Andrew; their daughter; and their dogs, Baxter and Kiara. Find out more about her at www.cherylmbradshaw.com, and on social media @cherylmbradshaw.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 1, 2016
    In this addition to the Instant Help Solutions series, Bradshaw, a professional counselor, acknowledges that self-esteem doesn’t necessarily come naturally and often needs to be cultivated. Writing in an intimate and friendly tone, she discusses how negative self-images arise and how to break the thought patterns that lead to low self-esteem, without painting a too-rosy view of the world. When discussing the “Inner Critic Know-It-All” (ICK), Bradshaw acknowledges that part of the reason why the ICK is so powerful is that it uses “thought traps” like overgeneralization, “all-or-nothing thinking,” and catastrophizing to trick us into jumping to skewed conclusions. Exercises designed to help readers identify, disrupt, and restructure the ways they view themselves and others offer concrete tactics for those looking to make change in their lives. Ages 13–up.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2016

    Gr 7 Up-Between outside pressures and an internal critic, it can be difficult to appreciate oneself. Bradshaw's relaxed and friendly approach will put readers at ease about a complex and challenging subject. Part 1 ("Past") focuses on forgiveness. Bradshaw asserts that there are two types of forgiveness: accepting the situation to move on without anger and bitterness and forgiving to forget. Part 2 ("Present") begins the first steps to building a healthy self-confidence and believing that one is a likable individual. It guides readers through exercises in dealing with their inner critic (or ICK), finding their true inner voice, and exploring the self-time continuum and concludes with the 80-20 Rule. Part 3 ("Future") is designed for the Future You and concerns adding other relationships into the mix. VERDICT This is not necessarily a text that teens would select from the library shelves, but it may be well used as a desk copy for middle and high school counselors. A solid text with good advice overall.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    May 1, 2016
    Grades 9-12 Inspired by her job as a university counselor, Bradshaw offers teens a guide to the tricky topic of self-esteem. Using quirky, second-person narration and a conversational tone, she helps readers find and nurture their true self and squelch the inner-critic know-it-all (ICK). Readers are asked to examine past relationships or significant events but not dwell on themthey happened, and they are part of memory. From there Bradshaw asserts that while memory won't let the past be forgotten, it does not have to be repeated. The text helps readers gain the confidence to recognize that their past troubles don't define their present lives or need to be part of future relationships. The book is comprehensive, covering multiple aspects of liking/loving oneself, but its main focus is on moving forward and building a healthy self-esteem. Some teens may be turned off by the book's length or conversational style, but many will find comfort in its pages.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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