“Appreciation and approval are two entirely different things. Appreciation is the natural, spontaneous flow of energy back to you when others feel connected to you and your story. There is nothing you can do to precipitate appreciation other than to be yourself and tell the truth. You simply cannot be in control of what comes back. When you have shared authentically, something essential always comes back. It may not look like what you expect, because what your ego is looking for is not appreciation, but approval.
The search for approval is based on the consciousness that you are not enough. You want others to give you the love that feels missing in your life. This search is a futile one. If you feel empty and seek to be fulfilled from the outside, others will feel attacked. They will experience your request for appreciation as a demand. They will be repelled or repulsed. And then you will feel even more empty, rejected, abused.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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