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We have all judged someone or the other. But have you wondered, why do we judge others and how to stop it? Here it is!
It’s almost impossible to say that you have never judged in your life. To some, it comes pretty naturally be it a new country, new people, off-beat cuisines, and innumerable other things. Some people are always fault-finding as if there’s a huge reward for it. I’m no exception. I have my instances too, where I criticized others on various instances for their actions, trust me, and I only hated myself for it. I often coined it as ‘stress buster’ or told myself that it’s perfectly healthy to talk such junk, but wut what I realized over time is that it’s out of some kind of frustration and the more I analyzed the reason, the better I got.
It is perfectly acceptable to have opinions when we have new experiences and want to share them with our friends and family. Things however get tricky when we start or initiate a discussion to denounce others or feel better by glancing down at others.
Frankly, it’s impossible to like whoever we meet all the time, their actions, or whatever else it might be. If we want to deliver a message to a dear friend, if only we had the courage to speak the same in front of the person concerned! If we can’t do that, we don’t have any right to discuss someone or something behind their backs, knowing that it would never be heard. Remember, everything gets heard eventually. At times, it ends brutally by losing a dear friend, or a family member. The worst part of it is, maybe, the judging was done harmlessly but it gets transferred in a blown up fashion and life gets all messed up. I loved the famous quote by Paulo Coelho (Alchemist), “If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
So let’s discuss some pointers as to why actually we judge, what it does to people
Almost all the time in my experience, people judge because they feel insecure or inferior with what they have or what they are in their current situation. It is almost always a case of, “The grass is greener on the other side”. Maybe, a little judging here and there makes us feel better or helps explain to ourselves why we are not what we want to be.
To bond especially over others’ actions seems easy. People often forget that when we make choices, each person believes it’s the best at that point of time in their lives. As spectators, it’s impossible to gauge the reasoning if one is not in the other person’s shoes. So, being thoughtful is always encouraged.
We also judge thinking of our opponent as a threat. Often, we develop a complex, maybe on seeing a pretty woman, or an expensive car and immediately in our minds we think we aren’t pretty enough and give a dismissive glance or say things which aren’t natural, maybe even ignore a dear friend.
We judge out of jealousy also. We don’t have something which others do. It’s a coping mechanism “of not having.”
Sometimes we judge because we are scared to be the outcast. Suppose,we land up in a group where everyone is putting out not-so-nice comments about a person or situation and if you want to be part of the group, sometimes we are forced to say things which we might not say otherwise.
We usually do not feel good about ourselves after being judgmental. It’s leads to have very demeaning feelings about oneself. Many a times I asked myself, “Did I really need to say that?”
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An Indian upbringing, educated in Economics, with a Banking profession past, relocated to United States
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