Think you're in the spotlight
Category: Relationships and Society > Relationships
Asked by: archae0pteryx-ga
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29 Oct 2005 15:35 PDT
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I thought the "halo effect" was the idea that everyone is noticing you or something about you, that you are more conspicuous than you really are, that you are in the spotlight, especially for some particular little thing ("Oh, my gosh, everyone will be staring at me because I wore the wrong shoes" or "How can I go to the party with this little bandage on my chin?" or "I missed a word when I recited my poem"), when in reality nobody is paying any special attention to your little imperfection because they're all busy thinking *they* are in the spotlight. But that's not the halo effect. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_effect So what's the term for the phenomenon I described? It's some term vaguely similar to the halo effect, but that's not it. What is it, then? Thank you, Archae0pteryx
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Re: Think you're in the spotlight
From: markvmd-ga on 29 Oct 2005 15:47 PDT
It's the "Hello" effect, as in, "Hello, get over yourself, ya dip, and stop worrying about what others think because they are enmeshed in their own little worlds and are by far too busy fretting over their own real or perceived problems to notice you, unless they are freaks." Once you are no longer in high school (or college, but to a lesser extent because there you are paying to go to school and have a different set of concerns), this begins to make sense. When you are working to support a spouse, kids, house, car, and consumerist lifestyle, you stop freaking out over stupid stuff and start freaking out over keeping your head above water. Or getting enough sleep. Mmm, sleep.
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