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The Spotlight Effect

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-big-questions/201111/the-spotlight-effect

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The Spotlight Effect
I was at the DMV the other day and I had to walk in front of like 100 people to take care of my car registration. I had a stain on my shorts-a McRib stain to be exact. I felt like everyone in the whole place noticed it.

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The Spotlight Effect

It refers to our tendency to overestimate how much other people notice about us: we tend to think there is a spotlight on us, highlighting all of our mistakes or flaws, for all the world to see.

The spotlight effect is the result of egocentrism: we see our entire existence from our own experiences and perspective. And we use those experiences to evaluate the world around us, including other people.

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