Brainfood: Are you suffering from ... Approval addiction

Do you find that making the slightest decision involves the equivalent of a MORI poll?

by Helen Kirwan-Taylor
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Do you find that making the slightest decision involves the equivalent of a MORI poll? Does everyone in the office get involved in where you plan to spend the weekend? Approval Addicts have an uncanny way of making others do all the deciding for them: great if it's a saleswoman in Asprey & Garrard, bad if it's a colleague hankering after your job.

The issues at play here are low self-esteem and fear of failure. So prevalent is Approval Addiction that there are now 21-day action plan programmes. Still, therapists can't discount good old-fashioned laziness. Men frequently seek their wives' approval: 'What shall we eat for dinner?' means 'Have you made dinner?' The condition is curable if you can choose your own style of car or stereo, for example. And if you can't decide which meetings to attend, it's probably because you'd rather be playing golf.

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