You’re a Self-Absorbed Narcissist Addicted to Attention
Daily Meditation #89 — 5/22/2022
You’re out at the store.
The avocados are too soft.
Bananas a bit green.
Meat dated too near…
Off a stone’s throw away, you see a friend of yours!
You wave and call out to them, but they swing down an aisle and disappear…
What a total…(expletive!)
For a bit, you’re feeling upset. “How could they just ignore me like this?” you ask yourself.
You get home and tell your spouse. “Wow — really? You’re sure it was them?” they pander to you.
“Oh, it was them. I can’t even believe it. It really hurt my feelings.”
Even if you don’t get as bent out of shape over something happening like this, there are many people out there who get very upset and truly believe they were snubbed…
Just turned a blind eye to.
It’s natural to feel a bit upset when someone doesn’t reciprocate — especially a friend.
But, it’s narcissistic to perceive you’re being ignored.
Most people aren’t so grudging and petty that they go about their day looking to intentionally step on toes or cause psychological fury.
However, most people are involved in their own little worlds — in their own narcissistic ways — and may have things going on.
Their parents are sick.
They just got a new pet and they’re worried their house is being shredded.
They are on the cusp of a breakup…
Most people aren’t malevolent…
They just aren’t aware.
Tune this into your perception and be happier for it.
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These are distillations from my coming book “YouDaimonia: the Ancient Philosophy of Human Flourishing.”