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Are you struggling with low self-esteem or finding it hard to see yourself objectively? You're not alone. Our brains are prone to cognitive distortions, or biased ways of thinking that can affect our perception of ourselves and the world around us.
Scientific evidence supports the idea that cognitive distortions can negatively impact our self-perception and self-esteem. One study found that individuals with low self-esteem tend to have more negative automatic thoughts, or automatic cognitive responses that are often negative and irrational (Burns, 1980). These negative thoughts can then lead to negative emotions and behaviors, further reinforcing a negative self-image.
Another study found that individuals with high levels of social anxiety, a common contributor to low self-esteem, tend to engage in more negative self-talk and have a more negative view of themselves compared to individuals with low levels of social anxiety (Hofmann, Heinrichs, & Moscovitch, 2004). This suggests that cognitive distortions such as negative self-talk and an overly negative view of oneself can contribute to low self-esteem.
But don't worry, there is hope!
As a portrait photographer, I've seen firsthand the power of photography in helping individuals improve their self-esteem and get to know themselves better. The process of posing for and viewing portraits allows you to see yourself in a new light, free from the filters of your own negative thoughts or the tendency to blame yourself for things beyond your control. And let's not forget the opportunity for self-expression! By choosing how you want to be photographed and what you want to convey through your portrait, you can gain a greater understanding of your own identity and feel more confident and positive about yourself.
In my opinion, portrait photography is a valuable tool for anyone looking to boost their self-esteem and get to know themselves better. So why not give it a try? If you're ready to see yourself in a new light and celebrate your unique qualities, I'd love to schedule a photo session with you. Let's capture your true beauty and help you feel great about yourself!