-- Taken from Self Magazine June 2007 edition page 143.
"But assuming you're responsible for everyone's bad day is narcissistic, not to mention a big burden."Ask me if you want to know more about the burden part of it.
According to the article (plus some Baker's quotes from the recommended reading below); the following tips will help:
- If you think telling yourself that you're the cause of all the bad things that are happening around the world (wars; earthquakes; etc) - realise that believing that everyone's mood is linked to something you did is just as absurd.
- When you see a friend with a glum face, offer to help instead of taking it personally. Even if your offer is rejected; you'll feel better to have offered.
- Quite possibly; our tendency of 'taking things personally' are due to our guilt - of not being the best friend or partner. "Before bed, ask, Have I done a good job of being a human today?" "If so, stop beating yourself up."
To see if you are over-sensitive; check out this quiz; Are you oversensitive? by NinjaPirate.
If you want to read more on this topic; check out "Over Sensitivity" article from 2KnowMySelf...
More tips on "stop taking things personally":
- Stop taking things personally - part 1 from Self Esteem Newsletter (Sept 2006)
- Stop Taking Things Personally - part 2 by Lisa Brown from Self Esteem
"What Happy Women Know: How New Findings in Positive Psychology Can Change Women's Lives for the Better" by Dan Baker (Author), Cathy Greenberg (Author), Ina Yalof (Author).