March 4, 2013

Irritating People

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~Carl Jung

The search for self-esteem is a search for truth. It involves trying to see ourselves as truly as we can~and learning to appreciate what we see. As we move along, the mirrors that reflect back our true selves often pop up in the most unlikely places!

Irritating people can be such mirrors. All of us know people we'd just as soon avoid. Somehow they just get under our skin and make us crazy. Yet if we are willing to figure out exactly what bothers us about them, we may find great insight into our own hearts.

The person who talks too much may irritate us because we miss the chance to monopolize the conversation with our own stories. The braggart may irritate us because we feel we should have accomplished more. The person who is always upbeat may make us jealous that we're not happier ourselves. Some insights are less flattering than others but no less valuable for that.

My own flaws and frailties are usually at the bottom of my trouble with other people.

H/T: Believing In Myself

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