People who suffer from low self-esteem often misread their emotions. They think that they’re just sad they think that the world can be reduced to black and white. The problem is that this is a case of interpretation.
Maybe you’re looking at the total picture of your life in the worst way possible. Maybe you are exaggerating other people’s achievements and putting yourself down. If you’re completely honest with yourself and practice emotional intelligence, you would see the big picture. More importantly, you would see things in the right perspective.
Given enough perspective, it often turns out that we’re not as bad as we think we are. We quickly discover that were really not at the bottom. No matter how ugly, dumb, poor, stupid, or unappealing you may think you are, when you look at your life with the right perspective, things aren’t that bad. In fact, if you are reading this book in the United States, you are in the top 10 % of the world’s population. Chances are you don’t have to worry about a roof over your head, food in your belly and clean water.
Those are big deals in many parts of the world. In fact, if you make more than $2 per day, yes, you read that correctly, $2 per day, you are making way more money than hundreds upon hundreds of millions of people on this planet. I’m not going to force you to count your blessings, but I just want to ask you to look at your life in perspective.
This is one of the benefits of emotional intelligence. Ultimately you realize that a little bit of empathy can go a long way. Empathy produces perspective