Watching three friends of mine all battling with circumstances that leave them drained and in emotional pain makes me wonder about the source of the pain.
In each case they seem to be looking for affirmation of themselves from someone who seems not to care, or in one case, to actively dislike them.
How or why do we give others such power over our self-image that without their approval we feel unworthy, sad or similar negative emotions?
I think if we could find out how to prevent this we’d have the answer to so much unhappiness.
BUT then – would we also be removing some of life’s happiness?