Updated: Oct 26, 2021
Victim – The half empty glass
Why focusing on your negative self doesn’t serve you?
It is a phrase we hear from time to time, referring to someone as seeing the glass as ‘half full’. We often do this in recognition of what we believe to be an unfounded or skewed perspective that is focused on the negative. Yet, how often do we feel the need to at least consider the ‘cons’ (as well as the ‘pros’) of a situation?
In our decision-making, to give consideration to both risks and rewards, would be regarded by many as balanced, prudent and sensible. Despite this, in its more exaggerated or extreme form, a tendency towards negativity (both thinking and behaviours) can be limiting.
Do you ever find yourself (or others)
Behaving in a temperamental or emotional way in order to gain attention or affection?
Taking criticism very badly, with a tendency to withdraw, pout, and sulk (The Child)
Having a constant expectation that you are misunderstood?
Sometimes feeling uniquely disadvantaged or flawed?
Brooding over negative feelings for a long time?
Well, if so, it turns out you are not alone.
It seems that there those in leadership who, despite having many admirable qualities and well-developed skills, feel an inner compulsion to see themselves as victims (of circumstance), particularly when those circumstances are very difficult and charged with negative perspective.
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