At this point in the current U.S. presidential election, we’ve reached maximum butthurt.
According to a recent poll, 7% of voters have ended friendships over the election. In other words, 7% of voters have ended friendships because they didn’t see eye to eye on political issues with their friends.
I can’t log into Facebook these days without seeing angry posts about either candidate and vicious debates where people hurl personal insults back and forth at each other.
Frankly, I find it entertaining. It always amuses me how most people take everything so personally.
They don’t realize how silly it is.
When people only see the world as it revolves around them, everything is personal.
Everything is personal when you think you are the most important person.
This extends far beyond politics. Of course, people are going to take things more personally during election season when the media narrative is specifically designed to make the issues as personal as possible.
The reason I’m bringing this up now is that it’s easier to spot than it normally is.
Have you ever noticed how some (not all) women often get mad or upset when they see another woman get engaged? It’s like a personal insult to them that a guy would want to marry that other woman when they still aren’t married.
Men are notorious for getting jealous when women compliment other men or when people just have nice things to say about a specific guy. They’ll try to cut him down as if the flattering comments about another person were a direct insult to him.
One of the worst examples is when you see two people arguing over sports when neither one of them play for the teams in question or even play the sport at all. Think about that — two people arguing over business franchises, getting so angry and heated as if their own performance was in question.
It’s all nonsense.
People don’t only take things personally when there’s an opportunity to be offended or angry. They’re happy to steal the glory or jump on a bandwagon to get recognition by affiliation whenever possible.
That’s the part about not taking things personally that’s hardest — ignoring unworthy praise.
If you didn’t say it, do it, or play a role in it — don’t take it personally.
There are plenty of times when it makes sense to take something personally, whether that be with personal relationships or anything you are directly responsible for.
After all, we need to hold ourselves accountable, and we also deserve the reap the rewards of our positive actions.
However, it would be wise to exercise caution in doing so.
The last thing you want is to go out on a limb for someone or something, only to realize the joke’s on you.
After all, if these folks get along so well…
You and your friends can probably find a way not to take things so personally.
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