Self-image. Everyone has one. Some may seem themselves in a positive way. Others may view themselves in a negative way. Sometimes the positive can become overblown; while others may take their negativity too far, thinking that they are ugly or worthless. Neither of these are healthy. There is a self-image that falls somewhere between the two extremes–one that provides for a positive look at oneself, while creating attitudes that promote positive attitudes toward life and healthy relationships.
The Magic Power of Self-Image Psychology: The new way to a bright, full life, written by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., F.I.C.S., explains how self-image affects an individual. It is a deciding factor in all realms of life. If one’s self-image is faulty, life may be miserable. Improving one’s self-image helps make life a lot better. According to Maltz, “To really ‘live,’ to find life enjoyable, you must have a realistic, adequate self-image, one that you can live with. You must like and trust yourself. you must feel that you can express yourself without fear of exposure; you must feel no need to hide your true self. You must know yourself well. Your self-image must be realistic, what you really are. You feel good when your self-image is intact and adequate,” (Maltz, 1964, pps. 10-11). This author provides simple instructions, throughout the book, on how to improve the self-image. These include lifestyle changes, thought processes, the need for both fun and relaxation–basically how to take good care of oneself mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. This book combines Bible verses with straight-forward approaches to everyday life. It even offers suggestions on how to break bad habits, such as drinking and overeating. Hobbies are promoted to help remove some of the tensions and anxieties that can be caused by stress. If anxiety or depression interfere in life, a faulty self-image may be to blame. Making positive changes could assist in bringing about a more positive self-image, as well as knowing how to release the tendencies toward anxiety and depression.
An important point is brought up by Maltz. “Life is more than a heartbeat, or the ability to breathe, eat, see and feel. An individual’s life rotates around the quality of his relationships to other people. Life is people, and it is not so much what thy do for you as to what you do for them and what you give each other,” (Maltz, 1964, p. 164). This book helps to bring positive change so that a healthier self-image may be formed and, in effect, a healthier life in general. This includes more happiness, acceptance of self, better relationships, and, possibly, a better understanding of what it means to be human. Each human being has strengths, weaknesses, unique qualities, and downfalls. God built these characteristics into each person for a reason. 1 Corinthians 12: 12, 27 says, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it,” (The Holy Bible containing the old and new testaments with the apocryphal/deuterocanonical books, New Revised Standard Version, 1989, New York, NY: American Bible Society). Together, people make life what it is for one another. Live in the truth and the light. See how a positive self-image reflects truth and light.