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Old 08-08-2018, 06:54 PM   #1
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I have a congenital posture problem called Scheuermann's Disease. Originally when I tried to straighten myself the alignment of my head would change so I would sometimes see people that a "normal" person might not have. After many attempts got stereotyped as a troublemaker. Despite trying to overcome the stereotype with "proper" behavior I haven't been able to do so. I have been told by my doctor that I should work on my self-esteem. I believe self-esteem is at the root of why the initial stereotype formed but it (the stereotype) has acquired a life of its own. I get so discouraged that I would like to move to some other country with the hope that I will be more accepted there. Is my reaction too extreme?
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Moving to another country would be extreme. The doctor may be thinking that better self-esteem would help make others see you differently because you would be more confident around them. It is difficult when others form the wrong assumptions. I hope it gets better for you.
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Well... I think if you'd like to try living in another country that would be great! (I've often wished I had done it when I was young.) However, in my experience, problems simply follow you wherever you go. So personally I would be inclined to doubt moving to another country would really solve anything. I think the basis of self-esteem is to be able to accept yourself just the way you are. And you can work on that wherever you live. Here are links to a bunch of articles, from PsychCentral's archives, that offer tips on how to build self-esteem, the first by our host Dr. John Grohol, Psy.D. plus an article on how to build self-confidence:

6 Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem

Tips for Building Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem Struggles and Strategies That Can Help

How to Build Self-Esteem | Mental Health Awareness

7 Tips to Raise Your Self-Esteem and Keep It There

I wish you well...
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