Nawal Mustafa, Canadian and PhD student in neuropsychology, popularizes cognitive psychology on her Instagram account “the braincoach”. In a post published on September 8, she returns to the trend that some must stop themselves from moving forward.
You may have a habit of never enjoying your successes, spending (too) little time taking care of yourself, or setting aside your emotions. Is it self-sabotage, according to Nawal Mustafa, Canadian and PhD student in neuropsychology, or this annoying tendency that some have a spanner in the works. The specialist, through her Instagram account “the braincoach,” popularizes cognitive psychology and provides her mental health advice to her 1.1 million subscribers. In a post on Thursday, September 8, she shares seven of the most common signs of self-sabotage.
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Seven unmistakable signs
According to Nawal Mustafa, self-sabotage brings together all the actions that prevent us from achieving our goals. “You convince yourself that you don’t really want these things (these objectives, ed) that (we know deep down) would still be useful ”, he describes in the caption of his post.
The specialist lists seven unmistakable signs: “Having limiting beliefs that control our choices and decisions, not going out of your comfort zone (even when you want), not keeping personal promises and putting aside what matters to us”, lists the PhD student.
In terms of relationships with others, the PhD student in neuropsychology also informs that the person trapped in self-sabotage generally shoots themselves in the foot “by not communicating their feelings and expectations to others, or by remaining in a relationship that does not [lui] no longer matches, even what hurts [sa] Mental health”.
Finally, “working up to burnout and making excuses to continue a bad habit when we know it’s not beneficial to us” are two other signs that should alert us.
These behaviors lead to a lot of self-criticism, lower self-esteem and prevent fulfillment. In a previous post in February, the PhD student gave way to get out of self-sabotage. “Set easy-to-achieve goals, work on your negative thoughts and develop self-compassion,” he suggested.