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I’ve heard people say, “I take my work seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously.” I liked that line of thought, so I tried not taking myself seriously. Whenever I felt tempted to think that I had value, that people should respect me and listen to me, and that my feelings and ideas mattered, I made fun of myself.

I ended up with self-esteem so low that it bordered on self-loathing.

I’m not saying that I or other people should take themselves so seriously that they lack a sense of humor. I’ve run into one or two who consider themselves just south of God.

But I think that taking yourself at least a little seriously is healthy.

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