Self Love — Becoming Sanctuary for Ourselves First

Dr T J Jordan
4 min readJun 5, 2023

Learn how to build kindness within

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By Dr T J Jordan

We all want to feel safe with each other, but we’re not all equally open to trusting or being trusted.

If trust is difficult for you, you probably struggle with residual wounds from early or prior relationships that were lacking. You might not have a model for becoming sanctuary for someone else if you weren’t able to find sanctuary for yourself.

To provide emotional safety to others, we need to grow within our relationships so that trust becomes a natural part of love. But it all begins with that sticky issue of self love.

Self Love versus Narcissism

The idea of self love scares us because we think it’s self centered and even narcissistic. But being in love with ourselves is neither selfishness nor narcissism.

Remember that narcissism feeds on the use of others to scaffold a fragile ego without concern for the damage done. At its base, narcissism — at least the covert kind — is self hatred. Loving ourselves is the…

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Dr T J Jordan

Passionate about sexualities, masculinities, relationships, intimacy, mental health, CPTSD , animals, growth, psychology, and exotic locations.