48 STASHED IDEAS
Recognizing that you need to choose your battles keeps you from becoming overly anxious and burning out.
Although anger can be positive and lead to action against unacceptable situations, thinking of the consequences of your reactions leads to more effective strategies.
Those who label or mislabel will habitually place labels that are often inaccurate or negative on themselves and others.
“He’s a whiner.” “She’s a phony.” “I’m just a useless worrier.”
These labels tend to define people and contribute to a one-dimensional view of them, paving the way for overgeneralizations to move in.
Labeling cages people into roles that don’t always apply and prevents us from seeing people (ourselves included) as we really are.
It’s also a big no-no in relationship conflicts.
Sometimes when another person has suffered a terrible experience, people make the mistake of blaming the victim for their circumstances.
This is the reason why victims of crimes are often asked what they might have done differently to prevent the crime.
This tendency stems from the need to believe that the world is a fair and just place. People want to believe that people get what they deserve and deserve what they get—it fools them into thinking that such terrible things could never happen to them.
True emotional understanding involves more than just understanding your own emotions and those of others. You also need to be able to put this information to work in your daily interactions and communications.
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