“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.”
― Shannon L. Alder
And yet, it is so difficult to be unique, or to flaunt it. Research shows that human beings do compare themselves with others, and form an assessment of their capabilities based on that.
The Fab Five
Broadly, there are five scales of comparison, which appear to determine the self-esteem of a person:
- Social Attractiveness
- People with a high self-esteem are pleased to see their placement vis-à-vis others on a comparative scale, but lose interest in this comparison after sometime. They do not feel a need to do that.
- Comparison and contrast make a person with low self-esteem unhappy, and they try to hide from public view, lest the weaknesses are exposed. However, they are driven by a need to improve, and flaunt their achievements, as they move up the scale. They compare and contrast at every stage of their upward journey, as it lends a feel-good factor.
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