STATE OF MIND

MAIN LINE PSY­CHI­ATRIC’S DR. TALIBA M. FOS­TER BREAKS DOWN HOW TO BUILD CON­FI­DENCE AT ANY AGE.

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Your work with women of­ten fo­cuses on the idea of ag­ing with self-es­teem. Why?

“Across the board, women iden­tify their pathol­ogy as one that is sec­on­dar­ily tied to poor re­la­tion­ships, ei­ther sub­ject­ing yourself to poor treat­ment or to un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions. The Gen­er­a­tion Xers are now ages 40 to 64. They have a need to be ev­ery­thing for ev­ery­body: tak­ing care of them­selves, their chil­dren, and of­ten­times their par­ents. The stan­dard that they are set­ting for them­selves is un­sus­tain­able many times. And if so­cial me­dia, cell­phones, and false so­cial con­structs are de­ter­min­ing what is valu­able, it is very easy to see how you can be quickly over­whelmed and feel less than.”

What are some at-home tech­niques you sug­gest for busy Gen Xers?

“Re­al­ize that over­sched­uled chil­dren make you an over­sched­uled adult. Take time for yourself. Re­frame your think­ing. Start with how can I make my life count? What is my pur­pose? You de­ter­mine your sched­ule and who you want to spend your time with. Ba­si­cally, the world is yours.” 121 Coul­ter Ave., Ard­more, 484-412-8316; main­linepsy­chi­atric.com

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