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The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life

@inproceedings{Leary2004TheCO,
  title={The Curse of the Self: Self-Awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life},
  author={M. Leary},
  year={2004}
}
Human beings have the ability to be self reflective, or to think consciously about themselves, which allows them, among other things, to imagine themselves in the future, anticipate the consequences of their behaviour, plan ahead, and take steps to improve themselves. Despite these obvious advantages, self-reflection comes at a high price. Most people occasionally realize that it causes problems, such as when they cannot stop dwelling on some past failure or future worry, when their ego fuels… Expand
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