Many people fall into the ego-trap of seeking recognition, validation, and rewards from others to make up for a lack of self-worth. This pattern often begins in childhood, where we learn that external validation from parents, teachers, and peers is necessary for our survival and success. However, as we grow older, this need for external validation can become an unhealthy and destructive pattern that leaves us feeling unfulfilled, unhappy, and disconnected from our true selves.
People who fall into this ego-trap may find themselves constantly seeking recognition and rewards, such as promotions, awards, and accolades, to feel validated and worthy. They may also seek the comfort and validation of numerous people in their lives, whether it’s through relationships, friendships, or social media. This constant search for external validation and love can leave people feeling empty and unfulfilled, as they are never truly able to find the love and validation they seek outside of themselves.
The root of this problem is found in a lack of self-love and self-worth. When we don’t love and value ourselves, we look to others to fill that void. We believe that external validation and love will make us feel worthy and whole, but the truth is that true validation and love come from within.
When we learn to love and value ourselves, we no longer need to seek validation from others, and we are able to find joy, happiness, and fulfillment within ourselves. It’s up to each of us to do the inner work necessary to cultivate self-love and self-worth.