BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Are you suffering from ... Envy pre-emption?

BRAIN FOOD: Matters for the mind to chew on - Are you suffering from ... Envy pre-emption? - While most of us are trying to knock our bosses off their pedestals, some fear outshining them. Envy pre-emption involves reducing one's performance on purpose to

by HELEN KIRWAN-TAYLOR, helen@kirwantaylor.demon.co.uk

While most of us are trying to knock our bosses off their pedestals, some fear outshining them. Envy pre-emption involves reducing one's performance on purpose to pre-empt the boss' envy. It often stems from childhood - the fear of outdoing one's parents can result in failure at school. Yet the boss won't thank you for choosing not to usurp him, nor will Dad be happy you ended up washing dishes - you're just screwing up. The answer lies on the couch. You must explore your fear of authority figures and why you think anyone would be jealous of you in the first place. In fact, the only person who risks being knocked off the mantle is you

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