Brain/mind researcher Jill Ammon-Wexler comments about self-concept:
“It’s commonly assumed that normal, well-adjusted people have realistic views of their own potential.
“And it is also commonly assumed that those who do not have realistic self-concepts are very possibly neurotic or unbalanced.
“Are these assumptions true? I’ll have to say absolutely not.
“As a psychologist, the healthiest and happiest people I’ve known are totally unrealistic about themselves. In short – they have what some might call ‘unrealistically optimistic illusions’ about their own capabilities and potential.”
From article Stop Being Realistic, By Dr Jill Ammon-Wexler.