Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you? Like every move you make, every word you say, every mistake you do is under a magnifying glass? If so, as a public relations professional or business person, you might be suffering from the spotlight effect.
The spotlight effect is a cognitive bias that makes us think that we are more noticed and judged by others than we really are. It’s like we have a spotlight shining on us all the time, highlighting our flaws and failures.
But guess what? The spotlight effect is mostly in our heads. Most people are too busy with their own lives and problems to pay much attention to us. And even if they do notice us, they probably don’t care as much as we think they do.
So how can we overcome the spotlight effect and stop worrying so much about what others think of us? Here are some tips: