Do not confuse your desire for approval with your poor/low self-esteem.
Look inside yourself and ask:
What do I think?
What do I feel?
What are my action options?
Start figuring out what’s true for you – not whether it will please other people or make them happy.
You are not being insensitive to others when you are being sensitive to yourself.
You are not responsible for others’ happiness – you are responsible for your own well-being.
Herb K. was given the gift of freedom from alcohol February 21, 1984. As a result of the application of the Twelve Steps as contained precisely in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, he experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in carrying the message of recovery through presentations, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats.
He has authored three books to help people access the instructions and confirm the actual process contained in the Big Book for experiencing a spiritual awakening: Practicing the Here and Now: Being Intentional with Step 11 (2017), Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book (2004) and Twelve Steps to Spiritual Awakening: Enlightenment for Everyone (2010). His books are available on Amazon and other locations.