(Proverbs 29:24 KJV) Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
This seems to be a subparagraph in Psychology 101. The idea is that we often make choices that reinforce our negative images of ourselves. Thus a person who thinks they are ugly might deliberately dress to reinforce that. Think of the group of people that are called Emo. They dress in black, have multiple piercings and generally distort their appearance. They cut themselves. The ones I know also have some serious emotional issues and are spiritual wastelands. They have a lot of suicides.
They pick friends like themselves. So do we. How often do I set myself up for failure by the choices I make? How often do I take the easy class? Do I take a lower paying job instead of trying to better myself?
So? Perhaps we need to raise our sites a little. I can’t speak for you but although I am not making a thief my partner I might be living at a level that steals from what God would have for me.