“chronic comparing is driven by old stuff- a hurtful comment someone made, or an embarrassing experience that you never forgot. women are also trained to be competitive with other women; we’re culturally conditioned to see them as threats. constantly worrying about whether others are better than you- smarter, prettier, successful- has many costs. it produces anxiety and a sense of separateness because you’re always inferior or superior to others. you’re focused on how you stack up, instead of on creating the life you want to have. they key to breaking free of a comparison obsession is to reclaim your sense of worthiness by actively treating yourself well. do nice things for yourself. remind yourself of your strengths, talents, and accomplishments. build caring, supportive relationships, and avoid those that are detrimental to your well-being. your relationship with yourself is like any other relationship; the more loving and supportive you are, the better it will be. and then you’ll stop comparing yourself to others because you’ll be happy in your own skin.” -lauren mackler


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