By Alana Mbanza
Why do we do things that cause us harm?
We’re pretty rational beings.
We want to be happy and healthy.
We’re wired to live, survive and thrive.
We know better.
Yet we continue to overeat, smoke, drink excessively, shop compulsively and engage in a variety of other activities that are detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
The answer may surprise you.
The Development of Self Destructive Behavior
Internalization of a Negative Belief
Self destructive behavior typically starts with a negative belief about yourself. You aren’t happy with the way you look. You don’t think you’re intelligent enough. You don’t feel worthy of love.