Seeking Attention Vs. Paying Attention

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Seeking Attention Vs. Paying Attention
Do you seek attention, or pay attention? There's a world of difference between the two!

Pay attention to logic

Aside from how you handle yourself in relationships, paying attention means thinking things through and weighing consequences. In other words, you’ll have a much better quality of life if you pay attention to the rules of logic—if I do this, this is likely to happen, and that’s a great result, or that’s something I want to avoid, so I won’t do the thing I was considering doing—instead of bouncing from impulse to impulse trying to get people to pay attention to you. Seeking attention is what kids do; paying attention is what reasonable adults do. If reading this makes you realize that you’re on the side of seeking attention, rather than paying attention, therapy can help you shift to a more adult and satisfying way of functioning.

 

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Diane Spear, LCSW-R, is a NYC-based psychotherapist who helps couples and individuals throughout the world find the joy in everyday life! She has been in practice since 1995, working with older adolescents up through older adults. Check out her website at www.dianespeartherapy.com to learn more about her therapy and counseling practice and couples and relationship therapy; and be sure to read her blog.

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Location: New York, NY
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Specialties: Anxiety Issues, Couples/Marital Issues, Life Transitions
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