Re: Totally logical?

Harvey Newstrom (
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 10:34:28 -0500

Brian Atkins wrote:
> for instance, people care much more
> about praise from other people than they do from self-praise.
> Reading that, it struck me just how illogical that is- I
> am generally the best judge of myself and my abilities (as
> long as I'm honest :-), and therefore praise from myself
> should be "worth the most".

It is very easy to deceive yourself. Feedback from respected peers can
be valuable as a checksum. If intelligent, like-minded people disagree
with one of your assessments, it is a clue to evaluate that assessment
very closely. It may be wrong, or it may be a radical idea that no one
else can grasp yet. Either way, it is a signal to investiage further.
Self-praise can just be a feedback loop with no added information.
Praise from others can be additional information.

Harvey Newstrom  (