How to Break Free of Your Approval Addiction

October 31, 2014 1:58 AM

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Everyone needs to feel appreciated on a regular basis. This stems from our very human need to know and feel that we're doing a good job in life. It also stems from the fact that, as mammals, we have the need to bond with our parents, family and clan. Plus, a little recognition also prompts our brains to release the feel-good chemical dopamine.

However, while feeling appreciated is a healthy thing, feeling a need to seek out approval from people in our lives (your boss, spouse, parents, friends, neighbors, even your kids) is quite the opposite. Being addicted to such approval can cause you to miss opportunities and put your own dreams on h...

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