Tag Archives: self esteem

Dying for Attention

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So… how many likes/views/comments did your post/video get?  Who won the gold in the Olympics?  Which team is the best in football/baseball/hockey?  Who won the photo contest?  Who is the most beautiful, talented woman in the world?  I wonder what would happen if we took away all the needless competition?  I believe in striving for excellence and doing the best we can, but we go to extremes for attention and approval from others.  We should appreciate and take advantage of the unique, individual talents we possess, but why do we have to prove them to the world?  When we do get the most votes and win a contest, are we any happier?  It seems that our egos still need fed, and the bigger the ego, the more attention it demands.  Can we ever be proud and satisfied with who and what we are without any doubt or approval from others?  My grandson demands a lot of attention, and he is only five years old.  He always says, “Watch me Grammie. Look at what I can do.”  Constant praise and reassurance that he is so great and loved by so many people builds his self-esteem.

The presidential campaign has gotten way out of line. Yes, this country definitely needs leadership, and the American people have the privilege to vote for the most qualified candidate.  However, the process needs improvement, and the candidates should be presented in a respectful and honorable manner.  Attacking, bashing, or criticism from the candidates, public, or media should be prohibited.  We should be focused on the positive aspects and qualifications instead of who is the most flawed.

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Before and After the Shift

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Dr. Wayne Dyer explored the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society – which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation – in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. According to Dr. Dyer, research was done on males and females before and after they experienced this shift. They were asked what their five priorities/values in life were. Below are the results:

Males

Before the Shift                             After the Shift

Wealth                                             Spirituality
Adventure                                        Personal Peace
Achievement                                   Family
Pleasure                                         God’s Will
Respected                                      Honesty


Females

Before the Shift                             After the Shift

Family                                              Own Personal Growth
Sense of Independence                  Sense of Self Esteem
Career                                             Spirituality
Fitting In                                           Happiness
Attractiveness                                  Forgiveness