Others’ Opinions

Do you know anyone who tends to get seriously bent out of shape when he hears an opinion he doesn’t like? Maybe it’s even happened within your circle of friends and family.

These days so many people are quick to take personal offense at any opposing opinion, whether the opinion is about a hot-button issue – the proliferation of guns, for example – or about themselves.

If we allow other people’s opinions to rattle us, and if this goes on for too long, it can lead to a heap of misery. Just think of the tender egos of youngsters whose feelings are hurt by gossip and the opinions of their peers. Parents have a tough job on their hands as they try to help their kids disregard all the negativity around them, and to not let the opinions of others affect their quality of life.

To be fair, there are situations in which it is wise to consider what another person thinks of us. Specifically, when that other person is in a power position: a cop, a judge or some other authority figure whose decisions will affect our happiness. So, it’s not always right to say, “I don’t care what other people think of me.” In fact it is only human to want the approval of others;  we are social beings, and most of us want to be accepted and included, rather than rejected. The problem comes when we take this desire for inclusion too far, we obsess about it and become anxious and stressed out.

If you tend to worry too much and overthink about what others think of you, or if you are bothered by the disagreeable opinions of others, you can rest assured that a solution is at hand. I know this to be true, because I’ve helped people to resolve this problem. If you would like to find the solution for yourself, please feel free to call. The number is (219) 309-3928. It would be an honor to be of service.

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