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Your ego and self-image are components of your psychological makeup, which plays a large part in the decisions you make.

Usually, if you have a weak combination of these components, you'll also have a low self-esteem, which means you're more likely to make destructive decisions about the choices you're faced with.

You also tend to take things personally. You either blame yourself for everything or you blame everyone else and never take responsibility for anything.

Now if you never deal with why you have such a negative perception of yourself in the first place, you'll keep falling back into the same pattern of negative thoughts and behavior.

You won't believe anything good that anyone has to say about you. Someone could give you a compliment and you'd think he was lying or kidding.

But if that same person told you something negative, you'd believe it and say, "Yes, I know. I'll try to be better." It doesn't make any sense, but that's what a bad self-image will do.

You also are highly impressionable and may value other people's views and opinions above your own.

It's important that your psychological makeup reflects the mirror of the Word of God so that you are not swayed by every opinion that passes your way.

Source: Marriage & Family by Deborah L. Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Word Of Faith Publishing

Author Biography

Deborah Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
Pastor Deborah L. Butler serves in ministry with her husband, Bishop Keith A. Butler at Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, MI. She is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel.

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