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Our Love-Hate Relationship With Asking for Help (VIDEO)


I conducted an experiment on Facebook about asking for help. What goes on for you?

Summary

I conducted an interesting (it was at least interesting to me into a number of other people) experiment on Facebook over a few day period. It started off with a question, "What is so hard about saying,' I need help to someone who can help you?' I think that's a pretty simple question, but here are some of the responses:

"The ego."
"Pride."
"I'm not sure what the circumstances were that you are referring to but maybe, just maybe, the person was maligned and abused the last time they asked for help."
"I feel like the more help I need the harder it is to ask."
"Even harder for men. My wife is trying to get me to ask for directions when we are lost."
"Maybe those who need us the most want us to just help them.
"Stupidity, plain and simple." Stupidity was my answer
"it exposes the answer I tell myself, true or not, that there is something wrong with me."

I want to go into question number 2 because, obviously, because there is the perception that something is faulty with the person who asks for help that seems to be ingrained in our culture. That's generally what is happening.

People didn't ask for help because of pride, ego, they felt stupid and other reasons that keep them from getting the help that they need.

How do you feel when you ask for help? This is interesting! Among the answers were:

"Fearful, may be desperate."
"Oh, G-d! When I was younger I knew everything I didn't think I needed any help. WRONG! Now that I'm an elder. I know that there are those who are wiser than me and can ask for their help."
"Weak. I should know it all and be able to do it all."
DING DING! DING! DING DING! I think that's the real thing.
"Humble and helpful." There were few of these in there that I thought were interesting.

"What a great question! At the depth I feel vulnerable and incompetent. I think we have this conflict that goes on within us."

I think this summarizes it very well. A woman named Judy said, "it's like I'm not worthy and time inconveniencing someone."

It's as though we screwed up or are defective in some way. We might be rebuked. There are some people who might feel hopeful and that's wonderful but the vast majority don't have that sort of reaction. The result is that many of us live a particular way, frustrated, disappointed.

How do you win? We don't know everything. We don't know what to do all the time. We do make mistakes and screw up. As a result, we don't do things to make it easy for ourselves.

Easy is an interesting word in this context because, obviously, if you're asking for help (judging by the reactions I 1st spoke about – – fearful, scared, defective, stupid), it is not so easy. Shouldn't it just be easy to look at someone and say, "I ask you something for a second?" If they say,, "no, it's not a good time right now," you can always ask what it might be a good time. That's what usually happens, right? Emotionally, we get caught up in this turmoil.

I love you to take a little bit of time to reflect on this for yourself and just think about what the impact is not asking for help and how that has worked for you and not work for you. Worked for you in the way of feeling more capable than you really are. I admit it. I am incompetent at a lot of things, far more than I'd like to admit. But I know I am incompetent at a lot of stuff.

I would love you to consider that once you've admit it is far easier for yourself, it is far easier to receive that help an act without it.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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2 thoughts on “Our Love-Hate Relationship With Asking for Help (VIDEO)

  1. There are two schools of thought – solidarity and meritocracy. In a
    meritocracy you get what you deserve and help will co$t you. In a
    solidarity people will stand by you, maybe your mom is the best example. I
    find the US to be a society that prides itself on being self-reliant, and
    even when you’re down you’re expected to at least be able to pick yourself
    up.

    Now, in a church setting you will get moral support but likely not much
    more.

    Anything less than being up the creek i found to be seen as
    overcome-able..people passing stranded motorists without stopping eats at
    me but I have to remind myself that they probably called for help already
    and are just waiting.

    Now help is a funny word in English, it’s overly broad. In French,
    immediate help and assistance help are two completely different words with
    vastly different honor and urgency. Refusing to provide immediate help is a
    criminal act, assistance help is completely optional but honorable to a
    point, lunacy beyond it. Maybe if you specified what the help is for the
    evasion would have been lessened?

  2. There are two schools of thought – solidarity and meritocracy. In a meritocracy you get what you deserve and help will co$t you. In a solidarity people will stand by you, maybe your mom is the best example. I find the US to be a society that prides itself on being self-reliant, and even when you’re down you’re expected to at least be able to pick yourself up.

    Now, in a church setting you will get moral support but likely not much more.

    Anything less than being up the creek i found to be seen as overcome-able..people passing stranded motorists without stopping eats at me but I have to remind myself that they probably called for help already and are just waiting.

    Now help is a funny word in English, it’s overly broad. In French, immediate help and assistance help are two completely different words with vastly different honor and urgency. Refusing to provide immediate help is a criminal act, assistance help is completely optional but honorable to a point, lunacy beyond it. Maybe if you specified what the help is for the evasion would have been lessened?

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