Tuesday, November 5, 2013

P1 Guest Blogger Deborah Smith - Relational, Emotional and Spiritual Effects of Insecurities in Women

Genesis 1:27 "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

Introduction: Guest Blogger Debi Smith
My wonderful wife Debi Smith has been featured in the past as a guest blogger on "Growing Christian Resources". Currently Debi is doing her Bachelors Degree in Christian Counseling at Liberty University. Recently I asked her if she would allow me to post her most recent paper that she did entitled: "Relational, Emotional, and Spiritual Effects of Insecurity in Women". I believe this topic is very important and that my wife's recent research and writing can provide an invaluable resource to the Body of Christ and readers of this blog. With that said I want to begin presenting what Deb wrote, with the goal over the next couple of days in presenting the entire paper in portions. I now present to you our guest blogger Deborah Smith:

Relational, Emotional, and Spiritual Effects of Insecurity in Women 

Deborah Smith 
Liberty University
This paper will address insecurity in women and the effects that insecurity has on their personal relationships with others, their emotional well being, and their spiritual health as it pertains to their relationship or lack of relationship with God. Insecurities within a woman can cause strain and damage to relationships. This paper will explore the effects insecurity has on relationships. This paper will also examine the possible causes of insecurity, including past experiences as well as unhealthy ongoing comparisons and how it affects a woman emotionally and her perception of whom she is. Finally, this paper will also look at how insecurity can be healed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and replace insecurity with a healthy, Godly self-concept.

Relational, Emotional, and Spiritual Effects of Insecurity in Women

What is insecurity? In her book, “So Long Insecurity”, Beth Moore gives a thought provoking and stirring definition:

“Insecurity refers to a profound sense of self-doubt – a deep feeling of uncertainty about our basic worth and our place in this world. Insecurity is associated with chronic self-consciousness, along with a chronic lack of confidence in ourselves and anxiety about our relationships. The insecure man or woman lives in constant fear or rejection and a deep uncertainty about whether his or her own feelings and desires are legitimate.” (Moore, 2010, p.17)

Even though insecurity can afflict men and women, this paper will focus solely on how insecurity can harm and manifest itself in the life of a woman. How do insecurities arise? What are the side effects of insecurity? Is it possible for a woman with insecurities to develop a healthy self-concept that is Godly? This paper’s intent is to answer these questions and to show that with a right relationship with Jesus Christ an insecure being can be made secure once again.

Where Do Insecurities Come From? 
By no means does this paper look to supply an exhaustive list of all the causes and reasons behind female insecurities. However, the following possible causes surfaced more frequently in the research of this paper. Some of the prevalent causes of insecurity in women are family struggles and/or trauma experienced during their childhood, rejection in relationships, unhealthy self-image, and the basic sinful nature all humans are born with.

More tomorrow from our guest blogger, Debi Smith, on the sources of insecurities.....

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