Be kind to those sensitive souls.

Ever unwittingly upset someone? I’m sure you have. Me too.

It’s easily done and can happen because the person we are speaking too has a lower level of self-confidence than ourselves. Take for example, a familiar situation.

Person A asks: Does this dress suit me? Person B replies: You look great, very curvaceous.

If person A is less confident than person B, they may interpret the comment as an insult rather than a compliment. Discord may follow.

So how do you avoid it?

Sharpen up! If you know someone is sensitive, soften your voice, avoid voicing unnecessary opinions, and take extra care to provide supportive words, something that cannot be misinterpreted.

I wouldn’t want to do this on a regular basis, and certainly find I gel better with people with a similar level of confidence, but it’s not always possible. If you want to fit in and avoid leaving a trail of destruction behind, try to be aware of others foibles. Likewise, if you’re the sensitive kind don’t take everything personally. Not everyone in the world is intent on hurting you.

This is not a personal rant! I don’t think I’ve upset anyone recently, at least not today! It’s just an observation, one of the facets of human nature that fascinates me.

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About Honor A Dawson

I live in a rural location with my husband, dogs, cats and chickens. I love reading and writing, watching and playing tennis, and wildlife and nature.

Posted on September 16, 2013, in Psychology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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