How to Find Inspiration Instead of Jealousy in the Success of Others
Comparison to others leads to unhealthy expectations of the self, which can be a major source of stress for many people. This way of thinking takes away from present-tense mindfulness and detachment from the ego, which are both key components to coping with stress. Many people believe that Facebook and social media have increased the possibility of unhealthy comparison, given that these outlets are mainly vehicles for people to replay their "greatest hits" for friends and family. Fellow blogger Jen Keck recently mused about the impact of FB on our self image, and PsychCentral discussed our society's addiction to FOMO (fear of missing out). In addition, consider the popularity of entertainment such as The Enquirer, TMZ, or other "caught on tape" style media... some people love to see "successful" (rich, beautiful, etc.) people fail!