What might suggest that someone wasn’t raised with the right values? The internet points out 15 discernible signs. From questionable behavior to worrying habits, join us as we explore this list of clear indicators that could be linked to poor parenting:
15. “Can’t Handle Romantic Rejection.”
“Asking someone out, being turned down, then not taking the rejection and moving on. I’m talking following and insulting the person that turned them down, stalking, harassing/bullying etc.”
“And the ppl that say “you were ugly I never liked you anyway” when you break up. Why did you date them in the first place then huh?”
14. “Being uncomfortable with silence.”
“I have a friend in discord who can’t go 10 seconds without saying anything. And if not he just pelts people with questions that they think is funny and no one laughs. This goes on all day in discord. We can watch a movie and they will literally narrate, and ask people if they saw what just happened.”
“I just want to vibe like my former 85-year-old neighbor: sitting in the back yard, no shirt, saying nothing.”
13. “Saying “unpopular opinion” before all your opinions.”
“The irony with the unpopular opinion is people always choose something that’s actually very popular.”
“It’s “I’m not like other girls” but applied to humanity as a whole. No, Phil. You are not the only one who likes pizza.”
12. “Preventing your SO from interacting with the opposite gender.”
Insecurity often comes in the form of jealousy. Some people have such low self-esteem that they convince themselves their significant other will be unfaithful. As a result, they try to stop them from hanging out with anyone that could be a potential threat. The irony is that kind of controlling and untrusting behavior can drive your partner to look elsewhere.
11. “Heavily filtered Instagram posts.”
Instagram filters are a convenient way to hide inconvenient truths about your appearance. For people who feel insecure about how they look, applying filters is a tempting way to try to make themselves look more attractive – even if only in their own eyes.
10. “Talking really loudly and speaking over other people.”
Some people are just loud. Others are loud because they need to feel heard and can’t handle the idea of other people getting more attention than them.
9. “When someone bullies someone.”
Bullying is often a way for insecure people to feel powerful. It’s why bullies very rarely pick on anyone their size. They go straight for those who can’t defend themselves. It gives them a power trip that compensates for a strong inner sense of shame and/or inadequacy.
8. “People who constantly talk about how much money they make.”
For some insecure people, possessing the outward signs of success is a way of proving to the world – and themselves – that they’re worthy of praise and admiration. However, it’s not enough just to have them. They must talk about them all the time, too…just so you know how well they’re doing. In essence, they want you to think highly of them because, deep down, they don’t think highly of themselves.
7. “When someone constantly puts others down to make themselves feel superior.”
Some insecure people will see your successes and attributes as a personal attack on them. One Redditor wrote, “This was me, in my younger days. Relationships = validation, and validation was my number-one goal in life.”
6. “Thinking that all people are talking badly about them in their absence.”
Confident people don’t worry so much about what others think of them. And arrogant people often operate under the assumption everyone sees them positively. But, when you’re insecure, you tend to assume the opposite: that people badmouth you behind your back.
5. “Hopping from relationship to relationship.”
Being in a relationship is concrete evidence that you’re worthy of love. As one person on Reddit put it, “This was me, in my younger days. Relationships = validation, and validation was my number-one goal in life.” Someone else agreed that this is “actually a very overlooked insecurity.”
4. “Asking for validation through social media.”
Personal insecurities and social media go hand in hand these days. For many people, things like posting selfies, desperately seeking likes/shares, and filming themselves crying (it’s a thing!) is a plea for approval. They’re seeking affirmation from external sources because they lack inner confidence.
3. “Someone who calls themselves an alpha.”
If you’re truly alpha, you probably shouldn’t have to tell everyone about it all the time. Real alphas don’t care what other people think about them. They just go about their life…being alpha. Shouting it from the rooftops is more a sign that you want recognition and respect from others – bandaids for a fragile ego (i.e., insecurity).
2. “Not being able to admit when you’re wrong.”
Having to be right all the time is another surefire sign of insecurity. It’s like the person’s ego can’t accept they might be wrong. Instead, they’ll change the facts or make up all sorts of fake explanations to make it seem like they were right all along. As one person on Reddit wrote:
“OMG I had a coworker that would say something, you’d then correct them, and they’d go, “That’s what I’m saying!!!” BUT WHAT YOU WERE SAYING WAS THE OPPOSITE.”
1. “The “One-Upper.”
You know when you’re telling a story about something interesting that happened to you, and the person you’re talking to responds with something similar but even more interesting that happened to them? Well, according to this Redditor, that kinda screams insecurity. As another person put it, “If you broke your nose in Timbuktu, they broke two of their noses in Timbukthree.”
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