One way to think about the related ideas of self esteem, self regard and self concept is in terms of how we compare ourselves to others, which can suffocate our creativity.

If you are an actor, for example (or even wanting to be one), and compare yourself with Meryl Streep or Colin Firth, do you feel energized or deflated – inspired or discouraged?

Psychologist Elaine Aron notes that “low self-esteem is about power and influence, the result of rank. Like other social animals, we constantly rank ourselves among others – competing and comparing.”

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We Need Healthy Self Respect to Be More Creative

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  1. Good points I guess. Aspiring actors who only had minor roles, or maybe aren’t versatile, could be easily picked off by peers. There’s plenty of insecurity to work with, or just resorting to randomly cruelty. I doubt anyone suffocates their own creativity with comparisons, it’s more likely to get bogged down by others comparisons.

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