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  • Writer's pictureAnna Osadchyy

The Hidden Cost of Approval-Seeking


Seeking approval and validation can seem like a natural human urge. We all want to be liked, respected, and valued, right? 🤷‍♂️ But when does this natural desire start draining our joy and authenticity?


1. Living for Others' Opinions: When we anchor our self-worth in others' perceptions, we live on a shaky foundation. 🏠➡️🕳️ Imagine changing your colors like a chameleon, just to fit in or be liked. Exhausting, isn't it?


2. Fear of Rejection: Constantly seeking approval means living in fear of disapproval. 🚫 This fear can paralyze us, stopping us from taking risks or trying new things. Worse yet, it can keep us in toxic relationships, workplaces where we are exploited and even living situations that are altogether unfit for living.


3. Lost Identity: When we prioritize others' opinions over our own, we lose touch with who we truly are. Who are you when no one's watching? 🎭➡️🌱


4. Relationship Strains: Seeking validation can strain relationships. People get tired of reassuring us, and we may resent them for not giving the approval we crave. 😓➡️😡


Do you struggle with any of these?

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