Self-hatred constitutes a major obstacle to human development and progress in his life and society and puts him in bad psychological conditions.
But why does a person hate himself? And what are the signs of that? How do you get rid of self-hatred? Join us in this article to know the answer to all these questions.
Is self-hatred a mental illness?
Self-hatred and dissatisfaction with personality may actually be one of the serious symptoms of some mental disorders and diseases, such as body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and others, but self-hatred may also be a casual condition that does not necessarily indicate the presence of mental illness, and dissatisfaction with personality or Self-hatred of the quality and quantity of an individual’s life experiences, and the nature of his social environment.
Therefore, getting rid of self-hatred requires, in most cases, an effort from the person himself to change his view of himself or to control more of the judgments he makes on himself and his influence on the judgments made by others.
Signs of self-hatred
Labeling self and life in a single color, white or black: You see yourself and your life as good or bad, without any shades of gray in between. If you make a mistake, you feel as if everything is destroyed or your life is over.
Focus on the negative: Even if you had a good day, you tend to focus on the bad things that happened or what went wrong instead.
Emotional overthinking: Take your feelings as facts. If you notice that you feel bad or a failure, you are assuming that your feelings should reflect the reality of the situation and that something must be wrong.
Low self-esteem: You usually have low self-esteem and you feel as if you are compelled to measure and test yourself against others in everyday life.
Seeking approval: You constantly seek external approval from others to validate your self-worth.
Compliments can’t be accepted: If someone says something nice about you, you dismiss what was said, or you think they’re being nice. You have trouble accepting compliments and tend to ignore them rather than accept them gently.
Trying to fit in: you always feel like a stranger and always try to fit in with others. You feel as though people hate you and you can’t understand why they want to spend time with you or like you.
Taking criticism personally: You have difficulty when someone criticizes you, and you tend to take it as a personal attack or think about it long after the fact.
You are often jealous: you find yourself jealous of others and may interrupt or provoke them in order to feel better.
Fear of Positive Communication: You may push potential friends or partners away out of fear when someone gets too close, and you think it will end badly or that you will end up alone.
Establish self-pity rituals: You tend to waste time and energy pitying yourself and feel as though you are the person who has experienced the worst things in life or that everything is against you.
You fear having a big dream: You fear having dreams and aspirations and feel as though you need to continue living your life in a protected way. You may fear failure, fear success, or view yourself with contempt no matter what you achieve.
You are hard on yourself: If you make a mistake, you find it very difficult to forgive yourself. You may also feel regret about things you did or failed to do in the past, or that you have trouble letting go of them and moving on from the past.
You have a sarcastic view: you see the world in a very cynical way and you hate the world you live in. You feel as though people with a positive outlook are naive to the way the universe works, you don’t see things getting better and you have a bleak outlook on life