To interpret the scripture, ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’ by saying that you must love yourself before you can love another is to sabotage truth. Jesus isn’t saying this. He’s telling us to take our current self obsession with either self hate or self love and turn our obsession onto Him and others. Only by doing so will you display a trust in God that will enable you to experience the ocean of God’s love. And that in turn eliminates both self hatred and the need for any self love. This message when applied will release you from so much anxiety and worry accrued from attempting to love in all the wrong directions.