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Op-ed: When self-improvement becomes toxic

24 7 6

AS we enter into the fourth week of January, I’m going to make a wild guess that most of us have already failed on our New Year’s resolutions. What better way to start a fresh year than swimming in the toxic pool of failure and self-loathing?

Despite being an entirely made-up construct, the marking of a new year brings with it a time for reflection and soul searching. Many will take stock of their lives and revaluate everything in it – am I happy, am I successful enough, do I earn enough money, am I healthy enough, am I skinny enough?

Rather than congratulate ourselves on the achievements of the last 12 months, I imagine most of us will instead beat ourselves up and overzealously commit to rectifying every shortcoming before the month is out. And who can blame us?

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We are constantly bombarded with reminders of our failings. Even if you think you’re good enough, you’re wrong. There is no such thing as “good enough” anymore as people are confronted........

© Asian Correspondent