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Do I take thing to personally because of my anxiety?

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Last Updated: 06/25/2018 at 6:15pm
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May 8th, 2015 3:16pm
Stop letting people drag you into needless arguments. – Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who have proven that they are committed to misunderstanding you. And don’t define your intelligence or self-worth by the number of arguments you have won, but by the number of times you have said, “This needless nonsense is not worth my time!” Stop letting people drown you with their negativity. – Positivity is a choice. Choose wisely. Be smart enough to walk away from the negativity around you… it is never worth your while, ever. Stop letting people make you feel ashamed of your scars. – Scars remind us that our past is real, and that we have grown beyond it. Every scar has a story. Don’t be afraid to tell it and own it. Stop listening to those who berate you for your honest mistakes. – To grow strong and wise, you must have the courage to make mistakes. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent. Stop letting others blind you from YOUR truth. – Today, the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Prove yourself to yourself, not others. (Read A New Earth.) Stop letting people bully you. – Bullying is not OK. Period. There is no freedom on Earth that gives someone the right to assault who you are as a person. Sadly, some people just won’t be happy until they’ve pushed your ego to the ground and stomped on it. What you have to do is have the nerve to stand your ground. Don’t give them any leeway. Nobody has the power to make you feel small unless you give them that power. Stop letting friends be untrue to you. – What is a true friend? Someone who loves you just the way you are, but still inspires you to be a better person. BE a true friend to others, and keep only true friends close to you. Stop letting the same people lie to you over and over again. – If someone fools you once, shame on them. If someone fools you twice, shame on you. If you catch someone lying to you, speak up. Some people will lie to you repeatedly in a vicious effort to get you to repeat their lies over and over until they effectively become true. Don’t partake in their nonsense. Don’t let their lies be your reality. Stop letting people take advantage of you. – Sometimes people don’t notice the things we do for them until we stop doing them. This is NOT right! Realize this. You deserve better. You deserve to be with people who make you smile – friends who don’t take you for granted – friends who won’t leave you hanging. Stop letting people treat you like a back-up plan. – Don’t settle to simply be someone’s downtime, spare time, part time, or sometime. If they can’t reliably be there for you when you need them most, they’re not worth your time. Stop letting the wrong people get between you and the right ones. – Don’t let the people who refuse to love you keep you from the people who do love you. Spend time with those who make your world a little brighter simply by being in it. Someday you will either regret not doing so, or you will say, “I’m glad I did.” Stop letting hateful people motivate you to hate them back. – As Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” Regardless of how despicable another has acted, never let hate build in your heart. Fighting hatred with hatred only hurts you more. When you decide to hate someone you automatically begin digging two graves: one for your enemy and one for yourself. (Read The Four Agreements.) Stop letting people leave grudges in your mind. – Remember, the first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest. Always. Stop letting people use your past to poison your present. – Life is too short to tirelessly struggle with old news and those who refuse to let it go. Some people cannot stand that you’re moving on with your life and so they will try to drag your past to catch up with you. Do not help them by acknowledging their behavior. Keep moving forward. Practice acceptance and forgiveness. Letting go of the past is your first step to happiness. Stop letting people convince you that change is a bad thing. – The things we can’t change often end up changing us. This change happens for a reason. Roll with it. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it in the end. Stop letting people steer you away from meaningful pursuits. – If you can smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. So don’t let other people get between you and the ideas and activities that truly move you. Stop letting people dump on your dreams. – Life will test you to see how serious you are about pursuing a particular path. And sooner or later you may face negative feedback from others. When this happens, remember not to let anyone crush your spirit. If you are passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks. That’s how dreams are achieved. Stop letting naysayers talk you out of putting in the extra effort. – Hard times often lead to greatness. Keep the faith. It will be worth it in the end. The beginnings to great things are always the hardest. Stop letting people convince you of their quick-fix schemes. – Anything worth achieving takes time and dedicated effort. Period. Honestly, I used to believe that making wishes and saying prayers changed things, but now I know that wishes and prayers change us, and WE change things. (Angel and I discuss this in detail in the “Goals and Success” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.) Stop letting people tell you that you need more to be happy. – Thankfulness is the start of happiness. Be sure to appreciate what you’ve got. Be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.
February 15th, 2015 11:57pm
Probably that's the reason in most of cases. People suffering from anxiety are often afraid of being laughed at or insulted and sometimes they fear to this point that they feel offended by innocent comments or jokes, believing that it was actually some kind of verbal attack.
July 12th, 2016 11:00am
This is possible. I used to take things too personally because of my anxiety but then I learnt how to control my anxiety and became the master of my life.
August 10th, 2015 2:27pm
Your feelings are never wrong! It is ok to be sensitive, people are different. Telling you that you are taking things to personally is an excuse for other people to hurt you. That is not okay. Still you can learn to get a bit of control over these emotions so you feel less insecure.
March 8th, 2016 12:45am
Yes more than likely you do because anxiety increases everything so when you think about something or someone says something to you, your mind starts racing because your trying to figure it out so people with anxiety take things too personally
August 25th, 2015 4:32am
Yes, that might be the problem, so you just have to stop being personal in things which isn't personal, so just do that and you will be fine.
October 27th, 2015 7:35pm
Maybe! I definitely do sometimes. But the fact that you're asking this question is pretty great. I sometimes try and think how other (less anxious) people I know would respond to the same situation. It helps to write things down, too - sometimes you'll recognize patterns of how you react to things.
December 27th, 2015 6:28am
Yes, it could be a possibility. Anxiety makes an individual worry more than the average person about normal things. A person with anxiety tends to perceive more than the average person, meaning they tend to see things in other that most people wouldn't. It isn't necessarily a bad or good things, it's just something that anxious people have to learn how to deal with. Try not to take things so personally, and I know that it's easier said than done. But remember, anxiety can also cause these fears and scenarios in a person's head that aren't real.
May 22nd, 2017 5:53am
It's possible that your anxiety is making you think that things are worse than they already are, or that since you don't feel as good about yourself, you are projecting negative thoughts about yourself onto others. But it really depends on the situation.
January 30th, 2018 2:05pm
Sometimes anxiety can make us take things to heart that was not meant to be.I tend to do this a lot but try to like ask yourself if you are being rational or not
March 5th, 2018 10:29pm
Perhaps you are more sensitive but some people just naturally tend to take things more personally than others
March 12th, 2018 4:42am
You can take things personally whether you have anxiety or not because you're afraid others will judge you or think others ideas aren't helpful to be listened to it so instead of opening up to new ideas you don't bother to listen and do things you think are correct.
June 25th, 2018 6:15pm
Anxiety can make some people over think or read to much into something. Sadly this is just one of the many bad things anxiety makes your brain do. Because of this something you hear that may mean nothing to who said it, means a lot to you. So the answer if yes sadly anxiety does make you take things to personally sometimes.