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5 Reasons Why You are Craving Attention

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Humans are social creatures. Everyone needs some attention now and again to feel that people care about them, however this natural requirement can surpass normal levels and turn into an urgent need for craving attention constantly. Here are 5 reasons why you are craving attention.

1) You Want a Confidence Boost From It

You might be on the hunt for a partner [3 questions to ask to see if you have a connection] and you’re experiencing cripplingly low confidence after a break up. Craving attention from the opposite sex can make you feel attractive and as though you still have it.

2) You’re a Born Attention Seeker

It’s in some people’s nature always to seek out attention, exploiting any situation in whatever way they can. People with Narcissistic Personality Disorder display a pattern of self-importance, need for admiration and boastfulness. They might play the victim and milk being ill, having an injury or going through a ‘woe is me’ drama in order to get sympathy.

3) It Makes You Feel You Exist

If no one pays you attention you might feel you pale into insignificance; acknowledgement from someone else validates your existence.

4) You’re a Drama Queen

Histrionic Personality Disorder is a long-term exhibition of attention-seeking behaviour and intense emotionality. They might be provocative to get all eyes on them. They find it difficult and can become upset when they aren’t the star of the show.

5) You Expect to Be Paid Attention

You’ve always been the centre of attention, whether you were the baby of the family and the apple of your parent’s eye, you were seen as child prodigy at school or you’ve been doted on by a (recently) ex-partner for years. This made you feel special and valued and now you’ve grown up, moved away and ended that relationship, you want to keep the attention coming.

How to Curb your need for Craving Attention

Attention alleviates feelings of insecurity or being pushed to the side, but it is only a temporary fix. The cause for your attention seeking will still be there afterwards.

If you know you’re an attention seeker, it may be that there isn’t a single factor that has caused your self-centred ways. They may stem from a combination of biological factors related to your upbringing and interaction with others as child, and psychological factors such as your personality and the way that your experiences have shaped you.

Why are you trying so hard to get attention? You need to work through the reasons why you crave attention, so that you are content without relying on other people to make you feel more confident or valued. You may need to resolve problems in your life that make you feel as though you need attention so that your behaviour doesn’t infuriate [5 Behaviours People Don't Respect], alienate or scare off those around you.

By learning to value yourself more, you will begin to reduce the need for outside validation. For ways to improve your understanding of yourself and your self confidence, visit our Self Discovery or Video Moods sections.

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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.