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Brag on Yourself

So often we feel pride in our accomplishments, but also feel it tactless and fatheaded to express that pride, that joy, that sense of self-satisfaction. However, I imagine it’s important that we genuinely acknowledge our own worth, the things that make us worthy of life, love, respect … perhaps even awe.

Recently, I created a blog called “Brag” — a forum in which visitors may anonymously brag on their accomplishments without fear of being judged. There, folks have a chance to beam, a chance to internalize and revel in their good works.

This project means a lot to me; we have to learn how to be honest with ourselves, to own our strengths as passionately as we own our screw-ups, to allow ourselves to a self-appointed pat on the back.

Just as the quote on the blog’s sidebar reads: “I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one’s self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one’s own powers.”

–-Sherlock Holmes in “The Greek Interpreter”

I hope y’all will visit.



I read the instructions for the self-tests a few times and concluded that it could have benefited from a little more clarity, or in the vernacular WTF!

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Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment.


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