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A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment


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  • Background

    As I discussed in Chapter 2B of the book, this exercise is relevant in situations in which we experience a failure in life. It is in such moments that our need for superiority is likely to be particularly pronounced. This need is likely to be magnified if we are harsh on ourselves.


    This exercise involves treating ourselves as we would a good friend or relative after they have failed to achieve something, or failed to live up to an ideal. That is, it involves treating yourself with kindness and compassion after a failure.

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