Winnie The Pooh is a fun, loving, warm and friendly, chubby little bear. Although not the smartest of individuals, he has charm and charisma.

However Pooh has an uncontrollable obsession with his honey and how much he should eat at all times. This shows that Pooh has an eating disorder. He is without a doubt, an over-eater, obsessing over honey, and living with the irrational fear that one day he may not have all the honey he needs.   Hopefully none of us are quite this obsessed with food – it’s on our minds a lot maybe but obsessed – no.


Eeyore is constantly gloomy. He has low self-esteem and little confidence in himself.   When he is praised, he can’t accept that he has done something right, and when he is criticized, he blames it on life being terrible and not on his own actions.   We all of us have a bit of Eeyore in us.  How often have we shifted the responsibility for a weekend blow out to someone’s birthday or ‘star week’?   Usually this blame is light hearted.  We know what we have done and can put it right.   Only when we find it hard to face up to the inevitable result of these occurrences do we begin to lose our way and become a bit like Eeyore.

Like Eeyore we are not very good at accepting praise and tend to shrug it off and become slightly embarrassed.


Tigger is an engaging character and some psychiatrists say he shows signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Tigger is slightly out of control,   but his charms are obvious – he is incredibly happy and  very energetic and has very high self-esteem”  Tigger’s song clearly shows his  self-belief: “The wonderful thing about tiggers, is tiggers are wonderful things. The wonderful thing about tiggers, is I am the only one”. A person like Tigger dreams about successes but doesn’t beat himself up when they don’t happen every time.  Tiggers just dust themselves off and start all over again.


Which one would be most likely to succeed with a long-term weight loss and exercise programme?

Pooh? – His obsession with food is too great.  But he is proof that you can be loved whatever size you are

Eeyore? – He always expects to fail and would find reasons all the time for not succeeding.

Tigger? –  He has the energy and self-confidence and is game to try anything.  He might well succeed.


If we become a bit more like Tigger and less like Eeyore we raise our self -esteem and confidence and with it our chances of success.   And we’ll certainly have fun.

Whenever you feel down sing the Tigger song to yourself.


People With High Self-Esteem Are…

  •  Able to accept and learn from their own mistakes.
  •  Confident without being obnoxious or conceited.
  •  Not devastated by criticism.
  •  Not easily defeated by setbacks and obstacles.
  •  Open and assertive in communicating their needs.
  •  Not overly worried about failing or looking foolish.
  •  Not harshly or destructively critical of themselves.
  •  Able to laugh at themselves, not taking themselves too seriously.

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