Arrogance: Causes, Tips for Dealing With, and Potential For Transformation

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Imagine Alex, a brilliant software engineer renowned for their cutting-edge innovations and sharp intellect. Alex’s skills are undeniable, and they know it. This self-awareness, unfortunately, crosses into the territory of arrogance. Colleagues admire Alex’s expertise but are often put off by his condescending attitude and reluctance to collaborate. One day, Alex’s team is assigned a … Read more

Reflecting the True Self: Defense Mechanisms and the Quest for Authentic Self-Esteem

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Imagine a scene: a grand, dimly lit ballroom filled with dancers gliding across the floor. Among them, a solo dancer moves with a grace that captivates everyone’s attention. However, unlike the others, this dancer’s face is hidden behind an elaborate, ornate mask. With each twirl and step, they adjust the mask, ensuring it stays in … Read more

People Pleasing: A Journey from Self-Neglect to Self-Respect

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Imagine Sarah, a young professional known by her colleagues and friends as the ‘go-to’ person for everything. Whether it’s staying late at work to help with a project or organizing social gatherings, she never says no. Her life appears full and rewarding, a bustling journey of continuous support for those around her. But late at … Read more

Self-Schema: Your Inner Blueprint

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Imagine Sarah, a dedicated accountant for over a decade, suddenly realizes her true passion lies in teaching. As she transitions from crunching numbers to enlightening young minds, Sarah undergoes not just a career change but a profound transformation of her self-identity. Her story exemplifies the evolution of self-schema – the mental blueprint we each hold … Read more

Are You Egocentric?

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Imagine, for a moment, a character named Jessica. Jessica’s world revolves around a singular axis: herself. Every conversation, every interaction, and even the quiet moments of thought are filtered through a lens that centers her own experiences, beliefs, and feelings. It’s not that Jessica is uncaring or unkind; it’s just that her perspective is firmly … Read more

The Psychology Behind Self-Aggrandizement

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Self-aggrandizement is a at its core an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, achievements, or capabilities, often expressed through boastful or pretentious behavior. This phenomenon is not just a personal attribute but is also influenced by cultural, social, and psychological factors. Understanding self-aggrandizement is crucial not only for personal development and interpersonal relations but also for … Read more

Practices for Greater Self-Awareness: Uncovering Your Inner Landscape

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In a recent conversation between neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman and psychiatrist Dr. Paul Conti, the two experts dove deep into the question of how we can understand ourselves at a deeper level. They touched on many other aspects of mental health during their discussion, but the part we want to focus on here is the … Read more