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Self-care: Finding a balance between selfless and selfish

Since when did using the word 'self' become a problem? Is it a reaction to the increasing falseness of the 'self' we present online (e.g. our filtered selfies)? Is it a resistance to being a 'tall poppy' (e.g. being overly self-confident)? Perhaps it is seen as the cause of the increasing disconnect we experience as a community (e.g. being self-absorbed)? There are many ways that view the 'self' and how our language can change how we feel about words simply by adding 'self'. For example, caring for others is one of the most common values people hold. Often in therapy sessions, people tell me that they believe it is important to care for their family and friends, for those who are vulnerable,


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