Self-enhancement through spiritual practices can fool us into thinking we are evolving and growing, when in fact all we are growing is our ego. The “I'm enlightened and you're not” syndrome:
We may end up using our spiritual beliefs & practices to avoid genuine contact with our psychological unfinished business.
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Healthy self-esteem—comprising a positive evaluation of one’s self-worth & mastery— should emerge naturally & organically through the engagement of authentic mastery and positive relationships, rather than by pursuing self-esteem as the goal.
Nobel Laureate economist, John Harsanyi, said that "apart from economic payoffs, social status seems to be the most important incentive and motivating force of social behavior."
The more noticeable status disparities are, the more concerned with status people become.
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