Monday, 25 October 2010

The human tendency to exaggerate problems and difficulties (Part 1 of 3)


Self-confidence is the most admired character trait that actors play in movies. For most people, it dwarfs any other psychological or physical attribute in terms of desirability. What is the key to attaining self-assurance? Does it come from internal sources or from external validation?

Most advice given on the subject consists of isolated prescriptions without logic or context. Telling people to repeat in their head that they are capable and positive does not help much. Focusing on external aspects, such as clothing, might lead individuals to think that they lack fundamental value.

For two thousand years, the writings of philosophers have linked personal happiness to a feeling of certainty. The serenity that comes from trusting the future cannot be replaced by artificial beliefs. Self-reliance is the consequence of the essential principles of reality, namely:

To be continued in Part 2

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by sektordua under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

The human tendency to exaggerate problems and difficulties (Part 1 of 3)


Self-confidence is the most admired character trait that actors play in movies. For most people, it dwarfs any other psychological or physical attribute in terms of desirability. What is the key to attaining self-assurance? Does it come from internal sources or from external validation?

Most advice given on the subject consists of isolated prescriptions without logic or context. Telling people to repeat in their head that they are capable and positive does not help much. Focusing on external aspects, such as clothing, might lead individuals to think that they lack fundamental value.

For two thousand years, the writings of philosophers have linked personal happiness to a feeling of certainty. The serenity that comes from trusting the future cannot be replaced by artificial beliefs. Self-reliance is the consequence of the essential principles of reality, namely:

To be continued in Part 2

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by sektordua under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]