Welcome to LifeSkills The Main Purpose of This Program Is to Provide You Not Only Knowledge but the Skills to Become Happier and More Successful Adults Welcome to LifeSkills By becoming aware of the various factors promoting substance abuse and how to deal with these factors. These skills will be needed not only for high school, but can be used in college, as a single person or married. The skills will help you to become more independent, responsible individual. Ground Rules One person talks at a time. No one will be forced to participate if he/she does not want to do so. Students are free to express their opinions or participate in group activities without being subjected to criticism. Everyone will be respected. Anything discussed in group will remain confidential. Self Image What is self image. Self image is the beliefs and attitudes. (Mental picture) we have of ourselves. Formation of Self Image How does your self image form? Describe one or two past experiences that form your self image. Self image is formed through what other think of us and our past experiences. Self Image and Behavior We tend to act like the person we believe ourselves to be. Think = failure in math. Behavior = act like a poor math student. Self image affects how good you feel about yourselves. Think = good about yourself. Behavior = more confident, satisfied, do better in school, more popular. Self Image and Behavior People who have a positive self image are less likely to smoke, drink, use drugs or engage in other unhealthy behaviors Do You Have One Self Image or Many Different Ones? Although we have a generalized self image, our self image may be as numerous as our activities. (For example one person may be a good baseball player, a bad swimmer, a good writer, an average math student all at the same time. !!!!MOST IMPORTANT!!!! It is extremely important not to generalize from one or two bad experiences. For example if we do poorly in a sport we should not think of ourselves as a failure in all sports or a failure in general. How to improve self image. Since self image is linked to our experiences with specific situations, abilities, beliefs, attitudes, it is possible to develop more positive self image by learning to change for the better these facts or situations. How to improve self image Never form a negative image of yourself after one or two bad experiences. Tack stock. Look at yourself as realistically as possible. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Work on improving in areas that you are weak in by setting and achieving Goals. Self Improvement Project Let’s work on improving self image. What one skill or behavior you would like to improve or change about yourself? Self Improvement Project Pick a goal that is realistic. Pick a goal that is manageable, that you can break down into small steps. Pick a goal that is measurable. Pick something you really want to do rather than something you think you should do. Tips for Achieving your goal Have a positive attitude. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you don’t reach a particular goal or step don’t think of yourself as a failure. Praise yourself for any progress you have made towards achieving your goal. Identify areas that need further improvement. Use your imagination.