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Is it hard to get acceptance from others? How to cope with intolerant people?

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Last Updated: 10/07/2019 at 7:41pm
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January 18th, 2015 9:01pm
The world is full of intolerant people. There will always be someone who will point out an aspect of you that they don't like or agree with. The best thing to do is just ignore them and surround yourself with people who love and accept you.
February 15th, 2015 9:34am
Intolerance is not a reflection of who you are as a person. If someone rejects you for something you can't control, it is an indication that you don't want that person's approval anyway. For me, quality rather than quantity is key. Intolerant people often have a lot of fear and feel a need for control. It's common for people like this to show bullying behavior. Being accepted by genuinely nice people is far more rewarding.
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October 7th, 2019 7:41pm
It depends a lot on the environment where you live. In general, it's likely that you're always gonna find both supportive and close-minded people. But it's important not to hide or try to repress who you are. All you have to do is being yourself, and surround yourself with supportive people. Feeling supported and not alone will make it easier to deal with the negativity. Also, feel free to reach out to the LGBT community, either online or in person through local LGBT groups, to make sure to be in touch with people who have gone through the same and can be of help.
May 25th, 2015 12:09am
It shouldn't be hard to obtain acceptance from others. Being yourself around intolerant people is the way to go because those people are bound to accept you for who you are.
June 6th, 2015 4:00pm
It is. People are very judgey. Just ignore them! Everyone has haters, and you can't support everyone.
October 28th, 2015 12:02am
It is not difficult to receive acceptance from others, as long as you get it from the right people. You can cope with intolerant people by simply not being intolerant back. They will hopefully realize what they're doing is wrong.
December 8th, 2015 1:47pm
well to me , you sit them down and talk it through , tell them whats bothering you and if you can't take it anymore only time will teal and normally its heals and things go back to normal
July 18th, 2016 1:13am
To make everyone happy is a battle that cannot be won. There is always someone that will deffer in opinion compared to u. Don't aim to make people happy but aim to make yourself happy instead.
October 11th, 2016 8:45am
Personally, I've learned to not care what people think anymore. If they can't accept me, then they're just not cool enough to handle all of THIS.
January 9th, 2017 11:51pm
Some people are impossible to get acceptance from, some are extremely easy, and some are right in the middle. Everyone is different. What makes things so difficult to understand is when you want acceptance from one person, but that one person doesn't accept you. Even though, however, there are a million people around you that accept you. That one person is who you want, but can't get acceptance from. And that also explains how to cope with intolerance. You shouldn't look at that person then. Look to the hundreds of people around you for acceptance, and think of the intolerant ones as unfortunate. Also, be hopeful that one day they will become accepting of you. But, until then, don't let it phase you!