We all have prejudices. The simple definition is preconceived judgements. The problem is that we don’t always know what our prejudices are. So much of what we believe is on a subconscious level.
So here’s how you can get a clue. If you don’t like someone and you don’t even know them, there is nothing that’s been said or done that would create your dislike, you are probably prejudiced.
Or, there is something about them you wish for yourself. Or, there is something about them you hate about yourself.
It’s really not hard to figure out what it is if you stop and think about it. And it’s a good self awareness lesson.
If it’s a prejudice, preconceived judgement, then you can adjust your attitude to allow for it and work on eliminating that prejudice or belief system. Unfortunately, we are inundated with racist, sexist, and ageist messages from the time we are very little. Sometimes we carry belief systems we aren’t even aware of.
I seriously offended someone once that I considered a friend and she never really liked me after that. She was Mexican, I was talking about my feelings (at that time) about Mexican men, and what I said was very offensive to her. I’ve outgrown those prejudices but I lost a friend that day. And I didn’t even know it.
If it’s something you are envious of, you can work on developing that attribute in yourself. For me, I envy people with self discipline who are hard workers. Because I think that I’m lazy. And unself- disciplined. So instead of hating people that are what I wish I was, I try to surround myself with them, hoping their good habits will rub off on me.
If you figure out it’s something you hate about yourself and you see your reflection in them, then instead of hating them for what you are, you can work on that area of your life.
In my case, I didn’t like people who were pushy socially, getting in other people’s conversations, or not watching for clues that I might not feel like talking today and talking to me anyway. That is so me and I hated it about me.
Since I figured this out I’ve modified the behavior to a degree. I still get pushy socially, but it’s consciously with a purpose (usually). And I accept that it’s part of who I am and love myself for it.
Self awareness is crucial for creating the life you want. Use it wisely and often.
Be Happy ~ Be Healthy