Yes, it Does Matter What Others Think of You

From the Vivian Scott’s Conflict of Interest blog

If you’re on the Internet at all, you’ve probably seen those quotes floating around social media that are supposed to give you strength, inspire you, or simply provide a chuckle here and there.  Some of them can be quite thought provoking; enough so that I often share them myself because I think they’re a quick way to remind us all to be our best, try our hardest, and to generally calm down while we focus on the good things in our lives.

Nevertheless, I’ve noticed that on more than one occasion I’ve had a negative reaction to some of the quips.  There is one in particular that I have seen too many times that always rubs me the wrong way.  There are various versions of the quote but generally it reads, “What others think of you is none of your business.”  Really?!  I’m not buying that one at all.

I wholeheartedly believe that what others think of us is not only our business but it’s also our responsibility to seek out those thoughts and to do something about them if they’re not so good.   Before I go on, let me say that I know there are plenty of people and situations in our lives that we can’t control and sometimes it’s true that no matter how hard we try our first impressions aren’t so good or that we can’t know about every piece of baggage someone is toting around in their childhood red wagon.  So, I can somewhat understand the thought behind the quote if it’s intending to say we can’t walk around taking on everyone else’s issues.

But, can we agree that for the most part what others think of us is based on how we make them feel?  If that’s the case, then this particular quote sounds like a lazy and self-absorbed way to keep one from maturing, growing, and becoming the best person they can be.  It makes me imagine that the author is someone who bulldozes his way through life with little to no regard for others and then wants to blame (if you will) any negative feelings about his actions on the very people he’s damaged.   I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty confident that if I tried to share my negative perspective with him, he would say it’s none of his business.  So, instead, I’ll share it you.

                        author

Vivian Scott

Vivian Scott is a Professional Certified Mediator and the author of Conflict Resolution at Work For Dummies.  She spent many years in the competitive and often stress-filled world of high tech marketing where she realized resolving conflict within the confines of office politics was paramount to success.  Through creative solutions… MORE >

Featured Mediators

ad
View all

Read these next

Category

Multidisciplinarity in Mediation: The Dilemma

Few people enter the field of Mediation without having some other professional background and experience. As a matter of fact, the average mediator could starve to death trying to make...

By Barbara Sowell
Category

California Court of Appeal Extends the Reach of Section 16600 to Upset Arbitration Award Because of Alleged Overly Broad Confidentiality Provisions

In an expansive recent ruling, the California Court of Appeal in Brown v. TGS Management Co., LLC reversed a judgment confirming an arbitration award, examining the arbitrator’s findings, and ultimately invalidating confidentiality...

By Robert Milligan, Sierra Chinn-Liu
Category

Trial Lawyers’ Dilemma Similar To Mediation Advocates’ Dilemma: Making The Initial Demand

Check out Trial Lawyer's Dilemma:  How Much to Ask for at the Palm Coast Injury Law Blog this week. As lawyer Phil Chanfrau observes: Knowing how much to ask the Jury...

By Victoria Pynchon

Find a Mediator

X
X
X