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People use the word "attention seeker" or "attention whore" as an insult. I Think we are all born "attention whores" because we are social creatures and all of us are seeking for attention or bragging even those who call others "attention whores". What do you guys think? 

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I think people would be lying if they said they didn't crave some form of attention, everyone needs attention from others or they would feel isolated / alone :P 

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EVERYONE attention seeks but people do more then other

 

But like you said, We are social creature so we all attention seek

 

But there is some people who seek attention 24/7 Like me.... Or i wish i had attention 24/7 :(

 

I have something called histrionic personality disorder what is basically a attention seeking disorder... 

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We all are, only difference is how much we seek it. Personally I don't mind getting a little attention but I don't seek it too much. But there are times that you want the attention and other times that you don't.

 

But I think calling us all "attention seekers" or "attention whores" is a bit of a generalization it's just human nature to want a little attention.

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When did it become socially unacceptable to be noticed? And why is it that there is "good" attention and "bad" attention?

 

If you post a selfie, it's "bad attention"

 

If you're the reincarnation of Mozart, it's "good attention"

 

I don't get it. If you love yourself and are proud of something, shouldn't you be able to share it?

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Maybe not attention seekers, those people are usually disliked (or adored like celebrities). I think most people seek a feeling of importance. Which I also think is linked to identity. 

 

If you go to an anonymous forum, you'll probably post much, much differently than you do here... right?

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There's a difference between wanting attention and wanting to be the centre of attention... Generally people who want attention don't mind if attention is put on someone else... People who want to be the centre of attention hate it when someone else is getting more attention than them so do anything to get focus back on them...

 

We aren't meant to be alone... But there's a difference between wanting to be loved and listened to by one or two people... Than others who want all eyes on them...

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When did it become socially unacceptable to be noticed? And why is it that there is "good" attention and "bad" attention?

 

If you post a selfie, it's "bad attention"

 

If you're the reincarnation of Mozart, it's "good attention"

 

I don't get it. If you love yourself and are proud of something, shouldn't you be able to share it?

Posting a reincarnation of Mozart is kind of a big deal. But any cheapskate can just post a silly pic of themselves on the internet and make all their friends jealous :P

 

The best part is: you are absolutely right. You cannot let what other people think stop you from doing what you love.

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If you look at human history you see a pattern in our art and accomplishments as it seems we try to do so much to compensate for how small or average we are. In the end humanity as a whole suffers from one giant inferiority complex.

 

So to answer your question: yes, we are attention seekers.

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@, I agree. In fact, I already did a blog on this in the past if you want to read it. If you don't, then just know that in a general sense I agree with you. 

 

Edit: I just realized that the title to my entry exactly answers your question. Funny :lol:

I will read it :D I like those big walls of text.

 

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and here is more attention seeking :D 

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People who don't seek attention often have mental problems. 

We are social creatures by nature and thus in some form or another, we are always seeking attention in some way.  Other than the obvious, there are many, MANY ways we seek attention from our peers.  Thus, people who do all they can to stay out of society in every way without doing natural things to seek attention, are often the ones who don't care about humanity's general well being and are thus more susceptible to taking human life without remorse. 

For those who are 'recluses' or 'introverts' use media and other means to get attention. Now, for those not too socially inclined, they often turn to non-human's to care for their natural needs/desires...such as video games, pornography and such. And for those who often turn to alcohol, drugs, and the like are because they getting unwanted attention, whether it be peer pressure, broken home situations where "no one understands", or just general bitterness.

Attention seeking is a huge part of makes human function in society and thus is very prevalent in psychology, biology, sociology, politics, sports, and just about every media connecting interface you can possibly think of.

Being an "Attention whore" or 'attention seekers' is just the tip of the iceberg when you think about it deeper than what it first means when these phrases come to mind.

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Actually, I...

I dislike it when I'm the center of the attention.

I feel embarrassed and selfish. I feel like others should get attention, not me.

Especially when I do something good. And people congratulate me or thank me for that. I can almost feel how they hate me then.

That's why I don't like attention.

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Attention comes in many ways, shapes and forms. I believe we all like attention, even if we deny it. Some for good intentions, some for bad intentions, and the dreaded social ladder. Therefore with that said, we all seek some sort of attention. It's not a bad thing unless you do it for all the wrong reasons.

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It's instinct, social ladders have been there since the beginning of our species.  It's necessary to separate the weak from the strong, and the attractive from the unattractive.  We are still stuck in this mode because evolution takes much longer than building our societies.  Of course now-a-days, it doesn't matter if you're at the bottom of the ladder, because you can still easily survive, but your quality of life will still suffer.   

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I guess it's because nowadays "attention seekers" have a negative connotation. The more and more that idea is spread, the more and more it is negatively stated.

 

But to an extent, all of us have to have some thirst for attention, whether just slightly or very strong. It's what makes us human after all. Without it how will we be able to socialize and interact with others. The world would be a dull place otherwise. But I understand if people see attention seeking as wrong or just don't want to publicize, I sometimes do those things too.

 

All I'm saying is my opinion falls in the middle on this topic.

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This world and it's inhabitants is all one popularity show, seeking for the best and coolest attention for others to behold and enjoy.

 

In a way, everyone wishes for that once in a while, luckily for me, I never crave for attention, I prefer to be underground ans underrated for the best purposes.

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That's why we joined this site. To get some form of stable interaction.

 

I sometimes get really lonely. Not at home really, I try to avoid attention there, but at school, I'm kind-of that kid who's quiet around most and distant from the kids I don't really know. Occasionally, I may crack a joke in front who's in the class regardless of who they are. Sometimes I feel a bit worthless, but really, whenever I get upset about society, I get over it quickly.

 

'Cause I have all the goodness from my fandoms and you guys~

 

So, yes, to an extent, I am an attention-seeker, and everyone should be.

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I honestly don't feel the need for attention. I mean, I feel pretty uncomfortable when people give me a lot of attention, and I prefer to not be in the spotlight. Still, I do seek acceptance for my talents, and I can't say I like to be ignored when I talk. I can't speak for every person in the world, but I do think most people crave at least some attention, or at least enough for the things they do to be noticed.

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I believe that every human has felt the want or desire for attention at at least one point in their lives. However, for some people, it's not as constant as others. As some of the posts have said above me, they preferred to be ignored, which is perfectly fine. But as I said- all humans want attention at one point or another in their lives.

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