“They subconsciously deny an unstated and intolerably poor self-image through inflation. They turn themselves into glittering figures of immense grandeur surrounded by psychologically impenetrable walls. The goal of this self-deception is to be impervious to the greatly feared external criticism and to their own rolling sea of doubts.” ~ Elan Golomb, Trapped in the Mirror.
Here’s an interesting experiment to try, if you are so inclined (and can actually stomach it):
Read the news or watch a reality television show. Count how many times you see or read anything pertaining to:
Finally, evaluate your thoughts and feelings. Write them down if you so choose.