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Low self esteem settings

There's always someone worse off than you (when you press switch)
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When you're feeling a bit down in the dumps it can be hard to read about other people doing better. Let's say you're sent an old school magazine saying how well all your peers have done, on tv, writing books, inventing this and that, sleeping with famous people, its a horrible thing naturally. So you may well turn quickly to the obituary section hoping some ex-pupils have died young, achieving nothing. And you may be lucky. But chances are even the obituaries are full of glory, even though luckily all passed. But the point is, you only want Them to send you stuff about the real failures and life disasters i.e. your peers who became wastrels, very unhappy, got injured and died uselessly. The sAme goes for the internet in general. E.g. Facebook. So you at the flip of the low-self-esteem setting switch you only see people who are even bigger losers than you, in horrible houses with hideous children. And you feel ok again
DDRopDeadly, Apr 13 2017


       Although porn sites are excluded cos you still want nice porn, i.e. Above your standard. Not pics of nudes from camps or a burns unit
DDRopDeadly, Apr 13 2017

       Would this be a website or a cell phone app?
whatrock, Apr 13 2017

       Could be both.   

       It would be equally good to be informed about contemporaries who, despite the outward trappings of success, are living miserable, hollow, unfulfilled lives, spend time and money on therapists, and are lonely and depressed.   

       Actually, that would be better than reading about the drunks, nomarks, spendthrifts and failures - knowing that someone's worked really hard and achieved "success", yet is deeply unhappy, would be much more satisfying, particularly that oily creep Peter who always aced the maths tests, seemingly without effort.
8th of 7, Apr 13 2017

       I have checked with my ratings team, and we agree that this is an excellent idea. [+]
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 13 2017

       Does this have anything to do with the women and men who always come up with ideas that are either baked, impossible, too expensive to produce, almost there but completed by someone else, or just plain old bad ideas? Just wondering.
pashute, Apr 13 2017

       Is this the Schadenfreude switch most think off as a German invention, but is really French?   

       or last lines of the poem "I'm Fine Thank You"   

       I get up each day and dust off my wits, And pick up the paper and read the 'obits'. If my name is still missing, I know I'm not dead - So I have a good breakfast and go back to bed.
popbottle, Apr 13 2017

       I don't LIKE the idea, but I like the IDEA (+)
normzone, Apr 13 2017

       A [+] to promote much-needed self-esteem.
farble, Apr 14 2017

       Engendering a diminshment in the self-esteem of other is even better.
8th of 7, Apr 14 2017

       I'm not a big fan of self esteem. I normally get the housekeeper to do the ironing.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 14 2017

       It begs the question, how do you measure a society, if parts of that society need to negate/put down other parts.   

       It's the easy positivity from a differential with negativity rather than putting in some energy to be more positive. Positive pictures of things that are in easy reach might stimulate better overall more lasting thought patterns.
wjt, Apr 14 2017

       //It's the easy positivity from a differential with negativity rather than putting in some energy to be more positive.// Yes but, [wjt], these days we're all supposed to be being more energy efficient.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 14 2017

       Only when we are kicking our future selves.
wjt, Apr 14 2017

       Couldn't you just turn on the news, to achieve a similar effect?
pertinax, Apr 17 2017

       ...or shop at Wallmart.   

       But who needs to buy walls?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2017

       //Wallmart// It's pronouced 'WHALE-mart'.
Sgt Teacup, Apr 17 2017

       hmmm... wall-mart > vallmart > voldemort...
FlyingToaster, Apr 17 2017

       The Store That Shall Not Be Named.
Sgt Teacup, Apr 17 2017

       You could have your Facebook feed read by Marvin the paranoid android.
RayfordSteele, Apr 17 2017

       I think this might have been baked - by the North Koreans
DDRopDeadly, Apr 26 2017

       Just think how many people need to buy fashionable items, new cars, phones and all that junk to continually boost their self-esteem. I'd swap your super-yacht for my ugly kids any day (see my profile page so we can arrange the details).
bigsleep, Apr 26 2017


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