It’s an exhausting game.
You’ve likely had moments when someone makes a subtle comment that you both know is a jab in your direction. It irritates you. You stew over it, thinking of the many ways you can defend yourself and point out their faults.
Sometimes, you should speak up and defend yourself. Sometimes it’s not good to stay quiet and let people walk all over you.
But often, it’s just the other person being small, and everyone in the room knows it. They don’t feel good about themselves, so they try to make others feel even lower. Insecure people are in a constant game of comparing themselves to others – sometimes they feel superior, but often they feel inferior. It’s an exhausting game of seeking equilibrium for their fragile ego.
I should know. I catch myself feeling inferior/superior on a regular basis. I would venture to say most of us do.
I will admit that I’ve written things as jabs that were…
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