- Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
— Carl Jung
In our worst time, we have been irritable and difficult to live with. And when we feel most irritable, we are least likely to look at ourselves. Now in recovery, when someone irritates us, it is very useful to ask ourselves why we are so annoyed. We often find that the very thing that irritates us about someone else is the very quality in ourselves that we don’t want to face.
When someone’s whining bugs us, maybe it is our own capacity for whining that we reject. When someone’s self-absorption gets under our skin, maybe we are sensitive about our own self-centeredness. Sometimes we find it easier to complain about a quality in others than to admit we are like that too.
- Today I will use my feelings of irritation to guide me inward and know myself better.
Source: Wisdom to Know © 2005
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