Self-affirmation refers to a recognition and acceptance of the self or existence itself in a positive way.
A person develops values and principles that are relevant to him or her and identifies him/herself with it; when those values are confronted with alternate views that seems to threaten their belief of self, they react defensively; such people who learn to agree with themselves strongly tend to be happier individuals.
Self-affirmation theory is a psychological theory that focuses on how individuals adapt to information or experiences that are threatening to their self-concept. Claude Steele originally popularized self-affirmation theory in the late 1980s, and it remains a well-studied theory in social psychological research, though it was preached by French psychologist Emile Coué back in 1920s.
Knowing yourself is important, valuing your capability is very significant for personal development.
When you say ‘I can’, you actually cross many hurdles, towards your goal.
Many such positive statements spoken to self can help a person progress in different fields, from growing business, education, weight loss to social communication.
When you are content with yourself and satisfied with your abilities, you tend to be stress free.
"An emerging set of published studies suggest that a brief self-affirmation activity at the beginning of a school term can boost academic grade-point averages in underperforming kids at the end of the semester. This new work suggests a mechanism for these studies, showing self-affirmation effects on actual problem-solving performance under pressure," said J. David Creswell, assistant professor of psychology in CMU's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
A recent survey performed by the Health Information National Trends Survey 2013, on US adults proved that optimism is directly related to good mental health.
Even cancer survivors were evaluated as control group to gain a deeper understanding of spontaneous self-affirmation.
Results showed that participants higher in optimism reported better health on nearly all indices examined, even when controlling for SSA. Participants higher in SSA reported lower likelihood of cognitive impairment, greater happiness and hopefulness, and greater likelihood of cancer information seeking. SSA remained significantly associated with greater hopefulness.
We have already discussed in our article You are worthy, love yourself that loving yourself is very important to stay happy.
Spontaneous self-affirmation gives high self-esteem, which helps in developing immense confidence within a person.
How will you develop a spontaneous self-affirmation?
The more you bother about others’ opinion, the more you are likely to get nervous, anxious and upset. This not only affects your mental wellness but also your cognitive abilities to task in situations.
However, to believe in yourself, you need to be honest and positive.
Develop good humour; that will help you to fight with all kinds of odd situations with a brave face.
Increase your knowledge; read more to know more, when you have the backing of knowledge and wisdom with you, you will be more confident in any kind of discussion or conversation; you can easily say to yourself, “I know better than anyone else”.
Exercising has always proved to be a positive booster. It helps you remain fit, and when you are physically fit, you automatically feel confident.
Look towards the brighter side of things. Appreciate the good qualities in you. There is nothing wrong in saying “I am good”, that gives you happiness; for why should your estimation depend on someone else!
Defend yourself in a positive way, enjoy every moment of your life, being your best friend.