Help me learn to swallow my pride
April 18, 2012 7:14 AM Subscribe
How can I learn to not take others' success/intelligence as an affront to my own?
posted by anonymous to human relations (22 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
I was a smart kid. Brighter than most of my peers. And I was raised to believe that made me special. Sure, most kids are raised to think they're special, but I seem to have taken it to heart, because now that I'm a grown-up, I'm very sensitive to other people correcting me or showing themselves to be better-informed than me in areas in which I consider myself reasonably well-informed.
This is exacerbated by the fact that I have bosses and peers that I'd like to have good relationships with, but don't always agree with. When I realize they're right and I'm wrong, it's very difficult for me to process, because my pride is hurt. When I have high confidence that I'm right and that they're wrong or when I feel it's a matter of opinion, I have difficulty, too, in making my case in a personable fashion.
I'm circling what my actual question here is: How might I better train my ego to STFU? I'd really like to become the kind of person who can swallow his pride with ease when a situation calls for it.