Why Being Too Self-Conscious Will Make You Less Happy

“In study after study, experimental subjects thought that other people would notice them much more than they actually did… This [is] the ‘spotlight effect.’ We are naturally conscious of ourselves, what we are thinking, how we look, and what we are doing. As David Foster Wallace put it, ‘There is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of.’ And so it’s hard to block the inference that others share this focus. But research finds that they don’t…” [Read Article]