The psychological case for being less self-conscious

You know that quote people like to post on Pinterest and Instagram, the one that’s often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain? “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

I hope so, and I hope it was a passage from a novel, or an ancient philosophical text, or maybe a story from a religious book like the Bible. I’ve found profound insights in all of those places, too, but a few years ago, I came across one in a somewhat dorkier place: An article in a 2000 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte