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If Everyone Would Just Be More Like Me....
"I never said that.....". Or another one just like it; "I didn't do that.....", or "I would never do that......". Or how about the: "That's not who I am......". And when our partner in that particular relationship, meaning any kind of relationship, says these kinds of things, we react. Because they did say this or that, they did do this or that, and they are just like this or that. Even if these words are never spoken, tension and friction within relationships are almost always based on them. People doing or saying things that trigger a response within us, and our response in turn evokes another response. And so the cycle is created.
Relationships. So vital in our world, and yet it is the one thing that drives all of us up the wall at any given time. That is why bookstores have complete sections for books on relationships. Relationship seminars draw hordes of people. Every phonebook has multiple listings for relationship counselors. Jobs involving the ability to get along with other people, relationship oriented, are among the highest paid anywhere in the world. And all they tell us that we should be more like this, think more like that, act more like whatever. Now don't get the wrong idea, because it is important to learn that people have different personality styles. But after the seminar or the counseling session life comes around, and we all fall back into our old habits. Because that is just who we are, aren't we?! I should be able to be myself, he or she or they should just take me for who I am!!! And the opposite party, who annoys the "you know what" out of you, says the same thing.