No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Back in the day, we used to call it a “put down”. Something said or done to make you feel bad, to make you feel inferior.
Some one may “put you down” in order to feel superior to you in some way. Maybe it’s an attempt to manipulate what you say or do.
Words have power
We can be mean to each other. It’s normal to feel bad when some one says something
hurtful, especially if it’s some one you love and trust.
But when a person tries to put you down and keep you down for the purpose of making you feel like you:
Aren’t good, smart, or deserving enough,
Know that you control that.
You can’t change people, but it takes two to play that game. And you don’t have to play.
You can’t control what people say or do, but you can control your reaction to it.
What can you do to help yourself?
- Let your actions speak louder than your words
- Be respectful
Then, you can walk away with confidence, peace, forgiveness, and grace.
We can’t control others. The best we can ever hope for is to control ourselves. For most of us, it’s a constant work in progress.