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Self-Esteem, Confidence, Motivation

There are three essential factors to an individual’s personal development: self-esteem, confidence and motivation. During the course of a lifetime, virtually everyone experiences problems involving one or
more of these elements. Resolving such problems is one of the most important and valuable capabilities of hypnotherapy.



High self-esteem is a basic essential of success. Low self-esteem, however, does not suddenly appear, like the symptom of an illness. It develops usually unnoticed in the early stages, but spreading slowly throughout the mind until, when recognized, it may be full-blown, and extremely destructive.

Low self-esteem actually must be dealt with before progress can be achieved in building self-confidence and creating motivation. It is difficult for a person to show confidence when he views himself as low man on his own totem pole.

While poor self-esteem can arise from events which might be considered personal setbacks (in business, relationships, health, etc.) the primary cause is negative programming from the past. It might be a product of judgmental parents, teachers, authority figures, relatives, or friends. Many times derogatory comments, ridicule, relentless criticism and similar factors ignore commendable achievement and simply focus on and accentuate the negative. Frequently these events, hurts, or negative valuations are absorbed by and buried in subconscious memory, with the individual unaware of the sources of troubled feelings, fears, self-doubt and damaging attitudes.

Through hypnotherapy it is possible to set aside the conscious mind, seek, locate and uncover the detrimental memories which are adversely affecting the personality, and in bringing the problems to light and understanding, accomplish a result which can free the client from the past and open the doors to future progress and achievement.


The establishment of self-confidence can follow the release of past negative programming, eliminating self-perceived negative labels. Hypnosis can become the source of self-discovery, revealing unrecognized capabilities that lead to an acceptance of self. The procedures for developing self-confidence may vary considerably, depending on the depth and origins of the problem.

In milder cases, working out problems of self-esteem may be followed by programming which utilizes visualization, creating in the mind pictures of success, confidence and appropriate abilities. Enhancing suggestions given in hypnotherapy can be absorbed and accepted, leading to attitude modification and positive demonstrations of newly acquired self-assurance.

In more complex cases where depression is a factor, the hypnotherapist may elect to use the techniques of parts therapy or the removal of fears to free up behavior and reduce negative internal judgments so that positive self-feelings and confidence can develop in a natural way.

Longer term results can be significant. Mood and energy levels increase, compulsive and psychosomatic symptoms fade, emotions become understood, clients move toward self-direction and greater interpersonal involvement. Negative self-talk is reduced and positive feelings about life's possibilities develop.


With self-esteem and confidence enhanced, improved motivation comes into the spotlight. Psychologist Abraham Maslow defined five levels at which people are motivated: Psychological-food, drink, sleep, sex; Safety-protection, freedom from fear, order; Belongingness-love, social contact, family, friends; Esteem-self-respect, need to be valued; Self-actualization-the need to grow, to achieve one's potential.

Essential to generating positive motivation is elimination of any fear of failure (or its often hidden counterpart, fear of success). First, it is important to recognize motivations and subsequent successes of the past. Second, a sense of direction is needed. (Where am I going?) Then comes the all important factor of "goal-setting." Finally, on achievement of this goal, self-reward. This constitutes self-recognition, a powerful motivating factor.

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