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Comparing yourself to others is dangerous, but can you really stop? Here are 5 simple steps to stop comparing yourself to others at HealthyPlace

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Do you constantly compare yourself to others? How many times have you caught yourself working your way through social media and finding ways you just don’t measure up to others? (The Comparison Game: You’ll Never Win) Or have you stood in line at the store or been in some situation with other parents, for example, and found yourself analyzing them versus you? If so, you’re not alone, for it’s a human thing to do (most likely, while you’re comparing yourself to them, they’re comparing themselves to you).

Comparing yourself to others is dangerous. It trains you to find fault in yourself and believe that you’re not good enough because others are “better.” Comparing yourself to others zaps joy and robs you of your opportunity to simply be, embrace what’s right about you, and believe in yourself.

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Stop comparing yourself to others and start celebrating you with these 5 steps:

  1. Catch yourself comparing.
  2. Listen to yourself. How, exactly, do you believe you’re not good enough?
  3. Analyze yourself instead. Are you really “less than,” or just different?
  4. Identify your unique strengths and what you’re doing well.
  5. Remind yourself of what is important to you. How are you living your passions?

These steps will allow you to not only stop comparing yourself to others but to confidently embrace who you are.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, April 11). Stop Comparing Yourself to Others, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 16 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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