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Do You Suffer From Praise Addiction?

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Mental Illness & Professionals

Professionals who are living with mental illness such as a mood disorder, a personality disorder, and/or a substance use disorder, generally struggle with low self-esteem.

A low sense of self-worth, deep insecurity, poor self-image, and low self-esteem are extremely common in individuals living with mental illnesses. Partially, an effect on self-image has to do with brain chemistry. Partially, an effect on self-image has to do with the shame, stigma, and stereotype associated with any mental health which doesn’t seem “normal”.

Let’s Talk About Praise

Working hard and receiving accolades is normal for professionals in their field. To become a professional: be it a lawyer, doctor, EMT, judge, therapist, or other professional, you had to work extremely hard. You went to school, you took tests, you interned, you apprenticed, you were mentored, you passed boards and certifications, you trained relentlessly to make you the professional you are today.

Through each phase of your development, you have been praised and congratulated for your talent, skill, knowledge, and expertise. If there wasn’t anything to praise, you wouldn’t be at the professional level you are today.

Are Your Addicted to Praise?

Once professionals reach their goals, they realize that the praises will stop coming as regularly, until they reach new milestones. Some professionals, however, will struggle to embrace that reality. When professionals go to treatment and enter a lifestyle of recovery, praise may become part of their life again. Once a professional enters their workplace again, that praise and encouragement may not come, leaving them feeling unsure about themselves.

Questions to help you determine if you are addicted to praise:

  • If someone in your workplace is recognized for their work, or given an accolade, is your first response jealousy?
  • How do you respond to criticism? Are you open to constructive criticism about your work, or do you shut down?
  • How do you feel about the growth of your career? Do you believe you should get recognition even when you haven’t done the work or extra work to deserve it?

Be Your Own Praise Machine

A tool professionals pick up in treatment and recovery is positive affirmations. Create a list of the sentiments or accolades you most long to hear in the workplace or other areas of your life. Write them down and keep a copy of them on your phone. When you find yourself needing praise, give it to yourself.

Realize that your motivation for life, career, and recovery has to be intrinsic in order to be successful. Be your own praise machine and number one cheerleader. You deserve it.

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