Author(s): Melanie Fennell
Low self-confidence affects many of us from time to time and at its worst it can have a devastating impact on your life, preventing you from pursuing your dreams and leading the life you want to lead. Even in milder forms, it can impact on your relationships, studies, career, social life and home-life. By recognising what has caused your own low self-esteem and then starting to address negative thoughts and habits that have kept it low, you can gradually build your confidence. Improving your self-confidence will have an enormously positive effect on your life, allowing you to flourish and grow, and taking you a step closer to fulfilling your dreams and ambitions.
About the author:
Dr Melanie Fennell works as the Director of an advanced cognitive therapy course, which is a collaborative venture between the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC) and Oxford University. One of the first clinician researchers to introduce cognitive therapy to the UK, she was a founder member of the OCTC, an internationally recognised centre of excellence in cognitive therapy and training. As a member of research teams in the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry, Dr Fennell contributed to the development and evaluation of cognitive treatment for a range of emotional problems. A recognised expert on low self-esteem with an interest in depression, she has run many workshops and presented research papers at major international conferences. She is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Low Self-Esteem.