“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not be able to understand other people’s behavior. We see them as “guilty” instead of “innocent.” It’s tempting to focus on people’s seemingly irrational behavior – their comments, actions, mean-spirited acts, selfish behavior – and get extremely frustrated. If we focus on behavior too much, it can seem like other people are making us miserable.
But as I once heard Wayne Dyer sarcastically suggest in a lecture, “Round up all the people who are making you miserable and bring them to me. I will treat them [as a counselor] and you’ll bet better!” Obviously, this is absurd. It’s true that other people do weird things (who doesn’t?), but we are the ones getting upset, so we are the ones who need to change. I’m not talking about accepting, ignoring, or advocating violence or any other deviant behavior. I’m merely talking about learning to be less bothered by the actions of people.”
Richard Carlson, PH.D., in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”
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