"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them that they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Reichsfuhrer Herman Goering at the Nuremburg trials.
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.
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:
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.
Last edited by Cimarron; 11-29-2008 at 07:01 AM.
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.
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.
Originally Posted by ajblaise
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.