As a species, we’re hard-wired to seek attention. When it comes to fulfilling both practical and emotional requirements that are essential to our survival and psychological wellness, we rely on the attention of others. “We need attention almost as much as food and warmth,” quoted Oliver Burkeman. A lot of our regular habits are subconsciously influenced by the desire to be noticed!
As a result, the absence of these experiences might have fatal implications. In addition to the negative repercussions of being neglected as a child, research shows that a lack of proper attention in our adult lives can have a negative impact on our mental well-being. When people are excluded from society, they become more irritable as well as depressed and melancholy, while also impairing their sleep and immune system. In order to ensure that our primitive needs are addressed, we seek out attention from individuals around us.
Attention-seeking tendencies, on the other hand, might be a sign of significant psychological discomfort, rather than a sign of good socialization and self-care. There are a variety of ways to attract attention, including being loud, theatrical, or inappropriate; exhibitionism; exaggerating actions & emotions; sexual provocation & promiscuity; and engaging in obviously self-destructive behaviors such as drug abuse or self-injury. Unfortunately, attention-seeking actions are typically dismissed as character defects, exaggerated personality traits, or manipulation. While they may appear in reaction to trauma or psychological distress, they are often the result of frantic attempts to cope with severe emotional anguish.
If we want to aid someone who is in pain, we must look for meaning and understanding rather than dismissing, trivializing, or attributing malevolent purpose to these acts. Unfortunately, attention-seeking actions are typically dismissed as character defects, exaggerated personality traits, or manipulation. While they may appear in reaction to trauma or psychological distress, they are often the result of frantic attempts to cope with severe emotional anguish. If we want to aid someone who is in pain, we must look for meaning and understanding rather than dismissing, trivializing, or attributing malevolent purpose to these acts.
After experiencing emotional and physical abuse as a kid, persons with attention-seeking tendencies are driven to seek out the caring and protection that they were denied as children. Diagnostic clarity can only be obtained after careful assessment by an experienced psychiatrist because a single symptom is insufficient to make a diagnosis.
Have a conversation with a loved one who exhibits excessive or problematic attention-seeking behavior. For an open and honest conversation to take place, speak from the place of love and without judgment or anger. Share your thoughts and feelings with them so they know you care and want to assist them. Direct them to mental health treatment options that will give extensive psychological evaluations to establish the exact nature of their suffering and build a holistic, individualized treatment plan to address the entire spectrum of their specific requirements, if they are receptive to it. Your loved one deserves the compassion and care they need to ease their pain. Together, we can make this happen.
Written by: Rafieu Hossain Arnob
Rafieu Hossain Arnob is an enterprising young professional intending to continue his development as a data scientist as well as a volunteer. He thinks, in terms of results and objection, he is enthusiastic and he works with decisiveness and conviction. He has a proactive attitude and finds positive ways to stimulate and engage with people. He also loves to engage himself in voluntary activities. He has attended many programs as a volunteer and is expecting to join more in the future.