- 1 What is Self-Depreciation?
- 2 Symptoms of Self-Depreciation
- 3 Causes of Self Depreciation
- 4 How to Overcome Self-Depreciating
- 5 Benefits of Self-Depreciation
- 6 How Does It Help People With Anxiety?
- 7 Negative Effects of Self Depreciation
- 8 Conclusion
- 9 A Word From MantraCare
What is Self-Depreciation?
Self Depreciation is a concept that many people struggle with. Self-deprecating can be either an internal or external process. This concept always involves disparaging oneself in some way. Self-depreciation is when someone repeatedly, in a playful or serious fashion, makes fun of themselves. They also think that the things they believe are wrong with them. It can be done to help them cope with their feelings. This can also just be something that they do for pure entertainment.
Everyone knows how easy it is to be self-deprecating. You often find yourself making fun of your own imperfections and laughing at the things you hate about your appearance, personality, and talents. However, it’s important to remember that you’re never as bad as you think. You can use humor as a coping mechanism without tearing yourself down on purpose. If you see the bright side of things, this will help you grow. For example, if you struggle with anxiety and struggle to get out of bed in the morning, you could say, “I love my anxiety so much. It helps me get through the day… by preventing me from doing what I set out to do.”
These little jokes you make at your own expense can be quite healthy and normal. Sometimes, some people take it too far and develop a full-blown personality disorder. Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) is a psychological disorder that causes someone to feign or actually cause illnesses.
This is in order to gain attention. Attention seekers often use self-deprecating humor as their form of setting things right for themselves. It is by making fun of themselves they feel like they’re more deserving of pity.
Symptoms of Self-Depreciation
Some of the most common symptoms of self-depreciation are:
- Disparaging oneself repeatedly in a playful or serious fashion
- Unable to accept compliments
- Feeling like you don’t deserve love and respect.
Sufferers of self-depreciation often joke about themselves before others do it first. This is one way to prevent their feelings from being hurt by someone else. Self-deprecating humor is their form of setting things right for themselves.
Causes of Self Depreciation
Self-depreciation is most often caused by a negative experience or event. For example, if you were bullied throughout your childhood and adolescence you might continue to mildly put yourself down. This can be a way of coping with the pain.
Someone who has struggled with self-esteem issues for many years might develop this type of personality. It can be a way to deal with their feelings about themselves and the world around them.
Self-deprecating humor can also be used as a defense mechanism. This can be against those who tend to be overly critical. It’s another form of “defense” that they’ve created in order to protect themselves from such harsh words (normally said jokingly). It is even if it is only an internal process rather than something noticeable by others.
How to Overcome Self-Depreciating
These are some tips to overcome self-depreciation:
Don’t Take Jokes Too Seriously
Even if someone says something that makes you feel embarrassed, hurt, or insulted; just brush it off and laugh about it. You don’t need to respond with excessive apologies or pleas for forgiveness.
Relax Your Body
The physical symptoms of self-depreciation can be prevented by relaxing your muscles and taking deep breaths whenever panic strikes. Your heart rate will decrease again shortly after this initial surge of adrenaline, so keep calm until it’s gone.
Sometimes all you need is a few minutes of silence in order to escape whatever is triggering you. These can be feelings of fear, depression, sadness, and/or anxiety. Meditation has been proven to help with depression, stress and effectively deal with the symptoms of panic attacks.
Realize That Everyone Loves You
Underneath all of your insecurities and flaws is someone who cares about you; whether it be family, friends, or a significant other. Take some time to appreciate your loved ones today and tomorrow – they’ll be there when you need them most.
Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
Focusing on what you don’t have is a terrible way to come up with ideas for change. Instead of thinking about what might make your life better try keeping one negative thought out of your head at all times. You can do this by spending a few minutes each morning listing three positive things about yourself. You can repeat them to yourself.
Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. If people like you for who you are and what you stand for, they will ignore and/or appreciate any other flaws that might make others think less of them. If other people have a problem with the real you then it’s probably time to reevaluate your relationship with them!
Don’t Seek Attention
Trying too hard to impress everyone. This might just lead to overwhelming feelings of frustration. These are when things don’t go as planned or something is misunderstood or taken out of context. You don’t want people walking away from their conversation with you thinking negatively about everything that made up your being so embrace being “just another face in the crowd”.
We’ve all made mistakes and said things we don’t mean; it’s not fair to hold a grudge or be angry with someone forever (especially if they’ve apologized and/or sought your forgiveness)! Everyone deserves a second chance and an opportunity to make things right for you.
Jot down all of your feelings in a journal, use art as another way of creating something beautiful, learning how to play an instrument will give you yet another creative outlet! Find whatever works best for calming your mind, opening up your heart, so that eventually you can find peace within yourself again.
Be Good To Yourself
Just because you’re feeling down doesn’t mean that’s the conclusion to your story! Instead of giving up on your dreams try finding a new way to make them come true. Don’t be afraid to explore different options in order to get the most out of life – you never know when the next adventure is just around the corner, waiting for you to discover it.
Everyone makes mistakes and that’s perfectly okay. Sometimes all it takes is one person to change someone else’s mind about whatever they might have assumed about you or someone else without knowing better. Focus on being happy with who you are rather than how others perceive you. You should always remember that self-depreciation can cause more damage than anything else. Don’t allow it to take over your thoughts, feelings, and/or actions.
Benefits of Self-Depreciation
The benefits of Self-Depreciating are:
- It can provide relief from emotional stress by making you laugh which is what makes it a coping mechanism.
- It is like a coping mechanism when you’re feeling down, and it’s one of the most healing ways to deal with bad news. Plus, being able to laugh at one’s own imperfections is key.
- It can help with depression, stress, and panic attacks. Instead of giving up on your dreams try finding a new way to make them come true.
- Being able to laugh at your mistakes can be very helpful when you are feeling down.
How Does It Help People With Anxiety?
Self-depreciation is a method that people use to cope with depression, stress, and anxiety by laughing at their own faults. One example of how self-depreciation helps an individual is that it makes them feel better when they are sad or depressed. It can be by laughing, they get rid of the negative thoughts in their mind.
Another example of how self-depreciation benefits someone is that it also soothes anxiety. It is since laughing releases endorphins that help fight stress. Self-deprecating humor comes from embarrassment over bad news. This type of humor actually helps the person receiving the news cope with it better.
Negative Effects of Self Depreciation
Self-deprecation can lead to a lot of negative effects. Some of these include:
Feeling of Inadequacy And Insecurity
This means people start to feel insecure about any part of themselves, no matter how small. They may even think that they are the reason for all of their problems and struggles in life because nothing can go right without them being to blame.
Feeling of Anger Towards Oneself
When someone feels like there is nothing good about them or what they do, it’s easy for them to become angry with themselves. They might start having thoughts like “I’m not good enough” or “I wish I could be better.” These kinds of thoughts will only make the person feel worse over time, which will cause even more self-deprecation.
Feeling negative about yourself isn’t just going to affect your emotions; it also impacts your physical health as well. When you are self-deprecating, your immune system will be very weak, making it easier for someone to develop depression or other serious disorders that could end up being fatal. There is one more example of how self-depreciation affects our life with
When constantly self-deprecating it is easy to feel isolated because you might start believing that there is something wrong with you. It can cause isolation as you continue focusing on the things about yourself that are negative instead of thinking positive thoughts or talking with others about your feelings.
This leads people to constantly question themselves, feeling incomplete, and insecure about their capabilities.
Lack of Self-worth
Inability to cope with stress or bad news because you already think negatively about yourself. You can start doubting yourself.
People often feel like they need to be perfect in order for others to love them. This is especially true when it comes to careers and relationships. However, this type of thinking can lead us down a destructive path where we are constantly trying so hard that we never succeed at anything. This is because there’s always something holding us back. It may sound strange but the only way self-depreciation works are if you believe what you say about yourself. You don’t have any control over how other people act towards you or think about you, but your thoughts will influence your feelings which then impact how much energy is put into everything else – including work, friendships, and family time. If this sounds like something that resonates with you. Mantra Care can help you with this.
A Word From MantraCare
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
At Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.