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Posts Tagged ‘toxic people’

Walls Do Not Make Us Safe

More and more walls are rising in our world. All sorts of walls: brick, stone, identity, geographical, ideological, and economic. There there are social barriers of race, sex and physical abilities. Roles and social affiliations are other forms of demarcation. So are rules. We often can’t live with them and we cannot live without them. Why We Have…

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Criticism Is Not Problem Solving

Much has been written about criticism and the inner critic. So why another article? It seems to me that we take criticism for granted as an OK thing to do. Perhaps it is our consumer culture run amok. Isn’t complaining how you get something done? Maybe to some but I think we need a rethink…

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How Prejudice Creates Grief

We are all born into a world filled with and built on prejudice, which the dictionary defines as preconceived ideas. We are all socialized into the existing prejudicial arrangements. Although we cannot escape the reality of prejudice in the human condition, we can challenge it. Before we can, however, we need an understanding of prejudice…

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Workplace Bullying: A Survival Guide

Unfortunately, difficult economic conditions can increase the negative behaviors that people will tolerate in order to keep their jobs. If you ever find yourself the target of workplace bullying, it is important to have strategies to safeguard your emotional and physical well-being. If You Experience Workplace Bullying If you are being bullied at work: Don’t…

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Meanness And The Power Of Stories

Do you ever wonder why there is so much meanness in the world? Do you ever feel that it makes no sense, that it is a mistake? If you do, you are right. The Power Of Stories Meanness is as old as the human race and it exists in other species as well. However, the…

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Too Nice For Your Own Good As An HSP?

Sometimes, it can feel like we can’t even see the underlying problems that come with emotional patterns we play out as HSPs. It can feel like we are doing our best but then bashing our heads against the same problem over and over again. Maybe, as an HSP, our identity is too tightly woven with…

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Can Contempt Be Cured?

Underneath all of the pain in the world is a fundamental mistake: the mistake of contempt. What Is Contempt? Contempt is an ugly feeling.  According to the Free Dictionary, contempt is: 1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn. 2. The state of being despised or dishonored:…

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The Right Kind Of Uppity

Although the majority of highly sensitive people are introverted, all have a gift for perceiving nuances which can cause them to be more cautious than non-HSPs. As a result, sensitive people often shun aggressive behaviors including the more benign forms of aggression. Aggression can be a good thing and sometimes not. It can mean being…

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Is Criticism Getting You Down? 7 Ways To Minimize Its Harm

Does it ever seem relentless? The complaining? The criticism? The attacking? Do you ever feel like throwing your hands up in despair? Do you ever feel like giving up? To be honest, there have been times when I have felt that way. Well, I am here to tell you: DON’T DESPAIR! I am here to tell you…

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Defiance Has Many Faces

Defiance – we have all felt and experienced it. Defiance has received a bad reputation. It is thought of as a refusal to conform or obey and it can be. Defiance is usually assumed to be a failing of one sort or another. Is it? What is Defiance? This is definition from the Free Dictionary:…

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