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Men vs. Women: Common Insecurities and How to Overcome Them

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Try not to cringe, because chances are, no matter who you are—something you can relate to is on this list. And guess what GR8 people? It’s okay. It’s entirely expected to have insecurity, no matter who you are.

The silver lining to it all? We all have them, and they aren’t even wholly ours to own as societal norms. Our exposure to the opinions of others can often shape our perceptions. Another thing that vastly affects how people tend to perceive themselves today is social media. Ready to take back how you see yourself?

Common Insecurities for Men

While these are not exclusive or limited to men, they do tend to be common insecurities among men.

1. Body/Physique

Biologically speaking, men and women are not exactly in control of what they perceive to be most attractive. That said, pressures put in place by society affect this perception also contribute. Generally, men are aware of these things just as women are, which can lead to insecurity related to body appearance.

How to Overcome It

Men who are insecure about their bodies can work on feeling confident to kick this insecurity to the side. How is it done? One needs to embrace their body before they can truly feel confident in it. This can mean accepting it as it is or making changes to reestablish association and feelings.

2. Money

Financial status is a big ego driver for a lot of men. Often linked with a man’s ability to be a reliable provider and allow them the freedom to do as they please in life. Men can be concerned with the appearance of their financial assets and standing.

How to Overcome It

Repositioning your mindset can help. Focus on working hard, being present where you are, and humble and grateful for what you already have. A good way to do this is through mindfulness meditation. If finances are a struggle, be kind to yourself and manage your finances as a form of self-care.

3. Baldness

About half of all men are affected by a balding hairline by the age of 50. Especially as it comes with aging, this can have an impact on self-esteem. It can be psychologically stressful and associated with more serious health conditions, which doesn’t help with the remaining positivity front.

How to Overcome It

Men who suffer from balding may overcome associated psychological effects by embracing their baldness. For those wishing to work against hair loss, using a mild shampoo, eating a diet full in protein, and staying hydrated will help. Other methods include the application of PRP to stimulate hair growth, hair follicle transplants, or topical hair loss products.

Common Insecurities for Women

While these insecurities are common among women, it’s important to consider that they can exist for any person.

1. Sexuality

Some women may experience difficulty with how they believe others perceive them and their desirability. Others may have trouble with how they see themselves, which can be largely affected by how they think others think of them. It’s a vicious cycle of judgment.

How to Overcome It

Women can combat the tendency to struggle with sexuality by choosing not to be defined by others, and not to compare themselves to others or their opinions. Seeing the female body for the incredible vessel it is, is not only for science textbooks. It is an integral part of existence, and the psychological components that accompany embracing female sexuality are all derived from perception and the capacity to allow others to shape it.

2. Age

The biological association with aging has a lot of women equating their sense of worth with their age. Some women can become insecure with wanting, not wanting, doing, and not doing things that are appropriate for their age.

How to Overcome It

Women can fight their insecurities related to age, behaving shamelessly how they feel. If the mind and body are connected, there is a harmony that occurs. This harmony is the perfect defense against those who question appropriateness because there is absolutely nothing more appropriate than acting how you feel.

3. Photos

The rise in the digital era has made the issue of unrealistic photos even worse. Social media is a breeding ground for comparison, which is inevitably toxic. So how does it affect women most? Photos. Women of all ages are concerned whenever asked to pose for a photo. Many are terrified of the prospect of a negative photo.

How to Overcome It

Remember that what you see on the internet is not real. Even if it’s completely organic, the key is in remembering that photos are subjective and using them as some self-image yardstick is pointless.

A Note from GR8NESS

If we’re talking about insecurities, whether you identify as a man or woman honestly doesn’t matter. We are all humans navigating human experiences. Anyone can have each of these insecurities, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. Overcoming insecurity can look different for everyone, but the key to lasting change is thought replacement. Whatever feels good is what is right for you, and thinking positively will lead you there.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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