“7 Ways to Navigate Self-Doubt:
Everyone experiences self-doubt. It’s one of the most common concerns psychotherapist Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, encounters in her therapy and career counseling.
Self-doubt shows up in different ways. It might manifest as seeking advice or validation for decisions because we don’t trust ourselves, she said.
It may mean minimizing yourself, such as saying that a personal idea was something you read online “to avoid rejection in case others don’t like your idea.”
According to psychotherapist Ashley Eder, LPC, self-doubt can show up in people’s creative process. “It could be during the planning stage of a new piece of work, or before a big presentation.”
Over time, self-doubt “can lead to a persistent need for reassurance, leaving you feeling anxious unless others are providing it,” said Eddins, who has a private practice in Houston, Texas.”
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