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6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

J.T. O’Donnell | CAREEREALISM.com


Downward Social Comparison

So, what happens when a person we view as our equal suddenly becomes more successful than us? How do we react when we are faced with the reality that we really aren’t better-than-average? Simple. We start to compare ourselves to the least successful people we know. Sommers gives some interesting evidence to support the fact that, sometimes, there’s nothing like other people’s struggles to make us feel better about our own plight. i.e. our own financial challenges never seem as bad when we see people in foreclosure.

QUESTION: When someone you view as a peer (i.e. coworker) is doing better than you professionally, do you react by spending time with folks who you feel certain will always be one step behind you?



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