My “fragile ego radar” wasn’t well-developed as a child. I’d be around a mean person and mistake them for a strong person. If I did 99 things right but they pointed out something I did wrong, I’d feel bad. The unhealed parts of me would glom onto the unhealed parts of them. I’d clamor for their attention. Ugh.
Don’t get me wrong. I was born into a stand-up family and was a high achiever, but STILL couldn’t recognize warning pings from my inner radar. It never occurred to me to trust my gut.
Maybe you can relate.
It took me a long time to figure this out. But now, I get that uncomfortable feeling when I see it in the public square. Fragile Ego is put on a pedestal and worshipped as good…
…and the pings are deafening.
I don’t know about you, but I crave authenticity and honesty, both within and without. I think if we listen to our inner pings, we’ll be healthy. If we pay attention to the outer pings, we’ll be wise. We just need the ears to be able to hear.