All posts tagged: insecurity

The Enemy is in Your Head

So how did you shape up against the “Average Australian” as described by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last week? Average Woman – you are 161.8cm tall, you weigh 71.1kg and your waistline is 87.7cm. Average Man – you are 175.6cm tall, you weigh 85.9kg and your waistline is 97.9cm. If you reckon you didn’t compare your own figures against the above, you’re lying. For some, the stats were an ego boost, for others it was a wee wake-up call to hit the gym with a bit more gusto. For me, it confirmed what I have always known: I’m a shorty. If comparisons inspire you to better yourself – well and good. But the reality for many is that comparisons cultivate feelings of self-deprecation. Test yourself. Do you feel better when you encounter other peoples’ failures? When you see someone you calculate as being somehow ‘better’ than yourself, does it make you feel; a) Intimidated or threatened, b) Small and useless, c) Jealous, or d) Fine. You can acknowledge their ‘better’ qualities and celebrate with them. If you answered …