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6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Healthcare Career

J.T. O’Donnell | CAREEREALISM.com



So, now that you know the ways in which we use self-deception, the question remains, “What should we do about our avoidance of the truth?” As I mentioned earlier, Sommers suggests that while we should recognize how it holds us back, we should also understand it can be helpful too:

“Our real task, psychologically, may not be to banish self-deception but to make it work for us – to enlist it when we feel threatened and let go of it when we’re ready to face facts. Should we always evaluate ourselves in relation to those of inferior aptitude? No – we ‘ll grow complacent and develop an exaggerated sense of competence. But sometimes a dash of downward social comparison is just what we need to bounce back from failure. Or maybe the better-than-average effect will do the trick. Or a little rationalization.”

So, be honest. Which of the six do you use? Or, are you better than the rest of us and don’t use self-deception? Better still, what examples have you seen of self-deception by your peers lately? Why not do a little downward social comparison and share their stories below.

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    A very useful, interesting article., it poses ourselves to think analytically and practice Professional carrier effectively., Thanks for Posting

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    yes, we should be truthful, honest, never compare with others, have positive spirit and direction in life, introspection, observing others, implement which is good and realistic for self improvement

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    oh!! thats' true., self handcapping denies ones' own progress., I experienced many times., it hinders our career growth, we loose the confidence to take up new task or act in life

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    Yes, I will agree with the fact, in several situations either in Professional or Personal life, I compared myself with my Collegues & Family, I tried to learn & utilise the skills they are using in day today life., experience, observing others success & failures, difficulties will give a direction for us how to go about it, only thing don't compare ourselves with anybody, take positive aspect only., on every coin we will have both sides like positive and negative ends, take positive only, move on that spirit, sure we will succeed in life., Learning is never ending., we should have initiation, acceptance, interest, motivation to learn anything any time.,

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    Man is a Socialbeing and gregarious in nature., as a Humanbeing one wants to share our credits to our fellowbeings, one has to be role model to others., I feel it many times, when I authored Text Books in Nursing., whenever new book comes out I used to feel as newborn I am delivering, when people used to do comment over my books, I feel very happy to share the joy., if some creticizes also I own't feel bad, I will keep everything in mind, it will be helpful for me in my revision time., I totally agree with basking in reflected Glory

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    Yap, Hardwork, Sincerity, Honesty definitely plays a lot of role in our life, it gives self satisfaction.,

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    yap, I introspected many times in my work and questioned myself, am I utilising my skills, time effeciently., & I should be answerable to my inner conscious, not to any others or any rules., if I feel I am better and satisfied then only I will get sleep properly., otherwise suffers with stress

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    yap, many times I witnessed Rationalization used by the people, very few incidences I also did it, even though I am not happy about it to use., in inner conscious

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

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    I learnt new method in Defence Mechanism today, Self Deception., Thanks for Sommers, Psychologist

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    MagnoliaElectric

    over 4 years ago

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    This article has a really interesting perspective compared to any other career-related articles I've read before. I like how it's so honest instead of being just like 'You can do it!.'

    I think as job-seekers in a poor economy, some of us are certainly guilty of these things. I know I blame outside circumstances or rationalize to make myself feel better but in the end, I really could just be kidding myself in a career. Sure, it's important to stay positive and resilient, but it's also incredibly important to stay realistic as well.

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