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Reactance, Day I: Awareness


Reactance is a motivational reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten or eliminate specific behavioral freedoms. Reactance occurs when a person feels that someone or something is taking away his or her choices or limiting the range of alternatives.

-- "Reactance (psychology), Wikipedia"


It's a damnable thing, a real thing, a useful thing to know of, and yet far too few people know of it.

Nobody Cares

On The Awareness Blog

At some point your realise that nobody really cares if you succeed or fail.

It's funny to realise, when you've been worried what people will think if you changed career, or if you made a heap of money. All the people you always wanted to prove something to.

What will they all think of you? Will they approve of you? Will they think bad of you behind your back? Will the be proud of you? Will they be threatened?

For almost everyone, they won't think of you at all. With the exception of your partner, your mentor and maybe a very close friend, people just don't care what you're doing with your life, they have their own life and they just don't think about you that much.

It's quite liberating when you realise this at deeper and deeper levels. There's no one to stop you or even disapprove of you. You can do anything you want, no one will rise up against you. They won't even notice.

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