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The Comparison Game and How to Cultivate a Secure Sense of Self


Has today’s age of social media made it easier to compare ourselves to others as we see posts of people at their best?

The Lord says, “Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.”

Galatians 6:4-5


In 1954, psychologist Leon Festinger hypothesized on how people form opinions about themselves. Festinger was the first to use the term Social Comparison which theorized that people feel the need to evaluate their opinions and beliefs. He believed that when people are “incapable of evaluating their opinions and beliefs, they tend to compare themselves with others.”

How we process information is also important. Let’s say you are running in a competition, or play a sport, or are an accomplished professional. Perhaps you might compare your own achievements with other professionals in your industry. This can have a positive or ne