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Everything That Irritates Us About Others Can Lead Us to an Understanding of Ourselves - Carl Jung

Everything That Irritates Us About Others Can Lead Us to an Understanding of Ourselves – Carl Jung

There is no perfect person. The people who step into our lives and become acquaintances, friends, or significant others cannot be a complete source of light all the time, just as we cannot be perfect as well. People have flaws. And if those flaws happen to frustrate us, it’s actually an opportunity to learn a bit about ourselves.

Sometimes we’re irritated with others because their habits tend to remind us of our own habits we dislike, even if we’re not aware that this is the case. At other times, our irritation with others can come from our own preconceived notions of the world.

For example, you may come from a very clean household. If you move in with a new roommate who is messier, this can lead to irritation as you’re used to a different environment. Instead of holding a grudge, an honest conversation and negotiation can lead to settled, positive feelings.

Of course, sometimes our personality isn’t meant to mesh with other personalities. But even in this case, we can hold on to the understanding that everyone is different and learn a little about ourselves in the process.

Everything That Irritates Us About Others Can Lead Us to an Understanding of Ourselves – Carl Jung
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4 comments

  1. I once heard a quote (from my favorite podcast) that said “we hate in others what we hate in ourselves.” That quote has stuck with me, and this post reiterated that concept for me.

    Great post.

  2. I absolutely agree. We tend to spot things in others that we dislike about ourselves. The indicator is that the behavior irritates us. I heard a phrase once that stuck with me, source unknown: “If you spot it, you got it.”

  3. Love the post and the two comments before me. This is something I try to remember whenever I see something my boyfriend is doing that particularly irritates me. I realize, “Hey! I do the same thing, for Pete’s sake!!” It truly helps!

  4. I very much agree! As well it could be the case where someone’s ways remind you of the ways of someone in your past. Or, even, you may have issues about your past and the ways of another can cause old feelings that you need to deal with to resurface.
    No matter what, we should always try to be more understanding towards others.
    Great post!

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