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Human emotion of feeling inadequate or instability

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A Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill

  • Sep 23, 2011
This emotion when handled well can drive someone to learn, excel and even be more respected since overcoming this emotion can be seen as courageous by some. However, there can be a fine line between being insecure and becoming narcissistic and guarded. Taking an offensive stance/action against this emotion can be seen by others as something quite annoying. I've seen several people who like to show off with what they believe is something they excel in because they are insecure with themselves. This makes them seem dishonest, unimpressive and a braggart...sometimes they also look like a fool or a tool. Unhealthy insecurity is when someone tries to instigate/makes competition when there is actually none.

Insecurity when driven by ego can be disastrous and can lead to fractured friendships and severed relationships. Insecurity can also lead to other emotions such as envy and jealousy. But, there is a plus to this as with any other emotion, insecurity can drive someone to really study and to be better as a person. (example: if one is insecure with the lack of physical appearance, they work in developing a better personality.)

The best weapon against this emotion is to be happy with yourself and to accept your weaknesses, this way you can find the chips in your armor instead of blaming others for your issues.  Never let it dictate the way you act or form your personality. This emotion can also keep you from the things you desire most. Don't let insecurities hurt you.

Everyone can have a trace of insecurity (I do), and it can be healthy as long as you don't put pride or ego before it...Hard to explain, I guess I need to do a full write up on this one.
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September 25, 2011
"This emotion when handled well can drive someone to learn, excel and even be more respected since overcoming this emotion can be seen as courageous by some", love how you said that.
September 25, 2011
Thanks, Alex. I mean overcoming ones fear or insecurities can be really something....as long as the person acknowledges first what he is insecure of.
September 24, 2011
Great QT, Woo. I never really thought in depth about how it could be a positive thing, but you bring up several good points. I can definitely see how it can be a bad thing though.
September 24, 2011
Yep, let's say one is insecure about their looks and then they develop their personality and character to make up for them; this in turn can make them a much more beautiful person. Insecurity is a bad thing, mostly for the insecure person, since he hurts himself. Over-confidence can be just as damaging though....
September 23, 2011
Extremely thoughtful piece that I very much enjoyed reading.
September 24, 2011
Thanks so much for the compliments, Paul! Glad you enjoyed one of my musings....
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