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What’s the difference?
Narcissism is an inflated sense of self. According to Professor Twenge of San Diego State University, if you were to score high in narcissism on a written test, you would also tend to rate highly for self esteem. You would value individual achievement but miss the aspect of valuing and caring for others. Narcissists lack empathy and have poor relationship skills. Basically, you’d have so much trouble in your relationships because you’re so focussed on yourself rather than anyone else. Bet you’re pointing the finger at a few people you know?
Growing Cultural Trend
Academics in this field of the study of narcissism prove with US statistics and interesting trends such as:
The data goes well beyond the shores of US however the stats are a little more limited.
It is inter-generational and it’s a considerable trend.
What are the benefits of Self Esteem?
There are less than you think! Experts compared Children in cultures who rated considerably low on the self esteem scale but had the highest academic grades. The emphasis is on self improvement and hard work versus an inflated sense of being special. It turns out a high Self Esteem doesn’t really hurt you but it doesn’t help you as much as you thought! “Believe in yourself and YOU can do anything” and “Confidence is the key to success” may get you in the front door, but it won’t guarantee long term success!
Are most CEO’s narcissists?
No! According to Jim Collins' “Good to Great” which features an analysis of CEO’s of companies. He reinforces you need the confidence to get to the podium in the first place but that’s about it! The most successful CEO’s were humble visionaries who rated team work, valued their employees and work very hard!
If you don’t have a realistic sense of your own talents and take too many risks, you won’t fare well. Translate that over confidence to the stock market and beware!
So what now?
So we know narcissists are not successful in the long run because they alienate others and take too many risks due to their overconfidence. There is plenty of evidence to show that overconfidence can lead to disappointment as we see a higher rate of depression than ever before in Western societies. How do we find that balance of self efficacy derived from hard work and self control?
Now I need Self Efficacy instead?
At some point or other most of us will experience a feeling of low self-esteem and there are various factors that can trigger this perception. Everyone in life has had a knock-back! Consider yourself fortunate for them. It is these disappointments and rejections that used properly can combat poor self efficacy. Adversity builds resilience and can fine tune our direction to fight back and reach even greater life goals and Make It Happen. The large and small knock-backs along the way are the things that shape our personalities and give us valuable experience.
That my friends, gives you Self Efficacy! Turn your knock backs into: Self discipline, Self regulation of emotions and an overall strong work ethic
With the right amount of Confidence, you take educated risks and have clarity for wise decisions to grab onto and make the most of the wonderful aspects of life. As a mother I get to impart my own experience to my children (as they often roll their eyes with another one of my Pearls of Wisdom!). I get to warn them about the times when I’ve felt unable to carry on but with support and being resourceful, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. (I’ve lost count of the times my personal adversities have provided me with incredible empathy and insight in therapy sessions.)
Are you familiar with the saying “Where one door closes another one opens?” It’s true enough, even if you can’t see that door yet, there will be a window somewhere with a slither of light shining through. Even if it’s a gloomy day – promise, look closely and there will be some light, somewhere!
Here are our Twelve Fabulous Ways to boost your Self-Efficacy:
Self-love is vital to human flourishing. Pursue self-efficacy through adversity to #MakeItHappen - “You’re Worth It”!
This is Part Three of our #MakeItHappen series. See our previous blogs for the first two: Goal Setting and Willpower.
About Joanne Wilson, TheConfidante Counselling:
Joanne Wilson is a professional counsellor and psychotherapist with an interest in relationships and pre- marriage therapy. She has produced her own book, Pearls of Wisdom from the Thriving Thirties, and presented a series of relationship seminars on the Sunshine Coast, with support from Immanuel Lutheran Church.
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