Insecurities are a part of life and for some women, it can overshadow a great portion of their personalities, often turning them into lonely and bitter individuals. It’s easy to succumb to self-doubt, but when you let it get the best of you, you’ll live your life trying to strive for superiority, when in truth, you can only be the best person you can be if you’re content with yourself.

Listed below are five things that insecure people often do. If you catch yourself doing any of these, put your chin up, and remember that you’re always more than good enough.

1. They listen too much to the opinions of other people…

...So much so that their own voices get drowned out by the noise. While it’s good to take the views of others into consideration, it’s also important to know when to stand your ground.

2. They often compare themselves to their peers.

Insecure people fail to acknowledge their own achievements especially when they meet someone they feel has accomplished far more.

Instead of focusing on what other people have done, it’s always best to focus on what you still can do and forge your own path.

3. They tend to become too showy on social media.

To compensate for item 2, humblebrags tend to appear on their social accounts, too. Whether it’s a photo of their new iPhone (#blessed) with a matching branded case or the nth cloyingly sweet couple shot to come up your feed, people who lack self-confidence make up for it by harping on what they currently have online.

While it’s everyone’s prerogative to post anything on their personal page, remember that an overly curated feed is just that--curated.

4. They pull down people who are better than them.

Some people go low when insecurity hits them by pulling others even lower instead of being happy for their accomplishments.

Remember, having the talangka mentality never got anybody anywhere, so if you want to rise above yourself, you’ll need to push other people up, too.

5. They try to pretend to be someone they’re not.

Insecure people wear a lot of masks, either to hide their fears or to get accepted by other people. Removing the layers can take a long time and can be very emotionally debilitating for some, but being true to who you are can give you freedom. Self-acceptance can come at any age.

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Sources: Psychology Today, Lifehacker

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