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Causes of Self-Sabotage

Causes of Self-Sabotage

People who self-sabotage might be aware of their actions or they might unconsciously act. But there are several causes for these behaviors:

  • Childhood issues: Our earliest engagement with caregivers affects how we connect to others.
  • Difficult relationship effects: Reasons included insecure attachment styles, fear of getting hurt, fear of commitment, and unhealthy relationship beliefs.
  • Low self-esteem: They behave in ways that confirm negative beliefs about themselves. 
  • Cognitive dissonance: Holding two conflicting ideas at the same time.


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Basically it is when we take destructive steps that get us further from our own succes.

But if we want to achieve our goals, why do we sabotage ourselves?

And more importantly, what can we do to stop this harmful behavior that impacts on every aspect of our lives?

Well, first we...


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Common Ways People Self-Sabotage

Common Ways People Self-Sabotage

Procrastination: You show others you’re never ready and put off a good outcome. It’s because people fear disappointing others, failing, or succeeding.

Perfectionism: Holding oneself to an impossible standard will cause delays and setbacks.

They end up...


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How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

  • Stop procrastinating

If you keep putting something off what’s important to you, it might be easier emotionally than reaching a goal that you were told you’d never reach. 

  • Stop perfectionistic thinking

Maybe you overthink ev...


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Questions to Ask Yourself

Questions to Ask Yourself

If you think you self-sabotage, ask yourself:

  • Is your behavior aligning with your goals?
  • If not, what is stopping you from taking action to make your dreams come true?
  • Do you feel uneasiness or discomfort when you progress? If yes, dig deeper:
  • Is this discomfort...


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"Let curiosity drive you to never stop learning" 💫 Just a student who wants to learn and share some interesting things

The reason why I wanted to share this article is because I notice I have sabotage myself for so long, losing many opportunities. So, if you are in the same situation I hope this can help you somehow :)


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