In the last post, I argued for the importance of self-awareness for living a purposeful life.
Two of the major barriers to self-awareness are ego-protecting rationalisation, and ego-depleting insecurity.
These are big topics, with deep psychological roots, but I’m on holiday this week, and so instead of trying to tackle them directly myself, I’m going to defer to the good folks of TEDx!
Here are a couple of presentations that deal with the barriers of too much or too little self-esteem:
Too much ego
A talk by Williams Sparks on how a compassionate, but unsentimental, mentor helped him overcome his ego and face his shadow.
Too much negative thought
A video by Kip Hollister on how meditation helped her overcome negative thoughts and a crisis of self-belief.