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How to overcome child hood trauma to build strong self image

Updated: Mar 11, 2023



"Childhood trauma can have a significant impact on a person's self-image and self-esteem. However, it is possible to overcome these experiences and build a strong sense of self"says Prof. Gaurav Mandal . Some common causes of childhood trauma can include physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, experiencing natural disasters or accidents, the loss of a loved one, parental divorce or separation, and experiencing bullying or social exclusion.

Here are some strategies, along with examples of famous people who have overcome childhood trauma to achieve success:

  1. Seek therapy: Therapy can help individuals process their experiences and develop coping mechanisms. Famous people who have sought therapy to overcome childhood trauma include Oprah Winfrey, who was sexually abused as a child, and Lady Gaga, who has spoken openly about her struggles with PTSD and trauma related to sexual assault.

  2. Practice self-compassion: It is important to be kind to oneself and acknowledge that healing from childhood trauma is a process. Kristen Bell, who has spoken about her experience with depression and anxiety, advocates for self-compassion and self-care as important tools for healing.

  3. Focus on personal strengths: By focusing on personal strengths and achievements, individuals can build a strong sense of self-worth. Maya Angelou, who experienced sexual abuse as a child, turned to writing as a way to express herself and ultimately became a celebrated poet and writer.

  4. Build a support network: Having a supportive community can help individuals feel less isolated and provide a sense of belonging. Taraji P. Henson, who grew up in a challenging environment, has spoken about the importance of her family and friends in helping her overcome her struggles.

  5. Engage in self-reflection: Reflecting on one's experiences and how they have shaped one's perspective can be a powerful tool for healing. Michelle Obama, who grew up in a working-class family, has written about the importance of reflecting on her experiences and understanding how they have influenced her values and goals.

In summary, overcoming childhood trauma and building a strong self-image takes time and effort, but with therapy, self-compassion, focus on personal strengths, building a support network, and self-reflection, it is possible. Famous people who have overcome childhood trauma, such as Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga, Maya Angelou, Taraji P. Henson, and Michelle Obama, serve as inspiring examples of resilience and success.


About The author

Gaurav Mandal is a fashion educator and leader, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. He is recipient of two national awards from the Indian Government for his contributions to the fashion industry. A NIFT Delhi Gold Medalist fashion designer , he completed his Fashion Marketing master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He teaches millions of students through his YouTube Channel and works with several NGO’s for imparting creative education.


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