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    We need more of this. Here's a story about a mob of Xmas shoppers that forced itself into a store prior to the actual dinner bell ring.

    Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down - USATODAY.com
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    If you don't want to take your self seriously, do an exaggerated impression of yourself. When you are taking yourself very seriously, it will be easy to do. When you aren't taking yourself very seriously, you won't really know right away how to approach it.

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    Default Taking Yourself Less Seriously

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    Reminds me of the old saying

    When you're 18 you care what others think
    When you're 40 you don't care any more
    When you turn 60 you realize they weren't thinking about you anyway.
    Hmmm...at 60, I still feel scrutinized, but this could just be my normal paranoia.
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    Knowing one's self is some seriously serious business.

    But knowing other people is pretty goddamn fun and fascinating, too, and anything that is both fun and fascinating should be taken quite seriously, if that makes sense..
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChick View Post
    Knowing one's self is some seriously serious business.

    But knowing other people is pretty goddamn fun and fascinating...
    Interesting...when put together with this:
    Quote Originally Posted by EffemDoubleyou
    I think learning to take yourself less seriously starts with realizing the absurdity of the larger world around you. It takes a bit of perspective, which is generally lacking when you take yourself too seriously.
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    I'm the type of person who would tell someone else to lighten up and not take themselves so seriously. I usually do this when something seems blown out of proportion. Generally it's when

    a) Some failure or other unexpected event happens. Most of these things have small or temporary consequences and should be laughed at instead of cried over.

    b) A person thinks about themself so much that either their life events are blown out of proportion or they ignore the more significant things that are happening to the people around them.
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    I don't take myself particularly seriously- why bother, if I'm all serious about things I won't enjoy my life half as much! Plus, stress is bad for you.

    I don't particularly think that strangers take me seriously either.
    “Oh, we're always alright. You remember that. We happen to other people.” -Terry Pratchett

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    Yes.

    Except, let's not care right now.

    That's the cue not to care right now.

    Few events matter as much as they seem to in the moment.
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    Beating yourself up with negative self-talk, or maybe projecting your issues on to other people, which are often are created or reinforced with your own self-talk.

    I can be guilty of that. I'm very hard on myself and often rate others with those standards. I'm usually able to take a step back and see things in perspective. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Taking a step back means to understand that people who have weaknesses where you have strengths often have strengths where you have weaknesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mempy View Post
    What is the secret to taking yourself less seriously? In other words, the message is too vague. It's difficult to figure out how you could implement that philosophy. If the cause of taking yourself too seriously is that you perceive something to be at stake, what is it? Does self-worth have anything to do with it? Does taking yourself less seriously mean you will necessarily take life less seriously and have more fun?

    I think this is a desirable thing. I'm just fuzzy on how to do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Viewing things in a large perspective and relating to the "big picture" can help one take things less seriously.

    Getting hung up over little things can seem quite absurd, then.
    Perspective is key. Ask yourself if whatever you are doing will matter in 5 years.

    There is nothing wrong with being serious, but the ability to laugh at yourself makes the bumps of life easier to take.

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