How to Stop Giving People Demons

by Bamboo Forest

Every one of us has demons. It’s part of what makes us human.

The problem isn’t having demons. The problem is giving people demons they don’t need.

One of the most important aspects of life is making it easy for others to reach their full potential instead of making it difficult.

A simple example of how someone can give demons to another is by picking on someone in school every day.

Those students picking on an individual are going to make it very difficult for him to have healthy self-esteem and to deal with life effectively.

They are giving him demons that may stay with him for quite a long time.

Giving demons to another is always an act of selfishness.

We hear plenty in the self-help genre on how vital it is to be responsible for our own self and how we deal with the world.

What we don’t hear nearly enough of is how we should be cautious about how we behave to prevent making the mental health of another more challenging than it has to be.

Sure, the other person may have a strong disposition and may overcome the negative effects you’ve given him or her, but there’s no guarantee of this.

And the question of whether they should be capable of rising above the demons you’ve given them is not the question at hand.

The question is — should you give them demons at all?

Should you give others obstacles that make it harder for them to be their best?

The answer is of course you shouldn’t.

Yes, let’s be responsible for ourselves.

But let’s also realize that we’re responsible for others too.

Our actions either make it easier for others to be their best or more difficult.

To live in the best world we can… let’s really question our actions and ensure they are in the best interest of others.

This post is for my ears as much as it is for anyone else’s.

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Jeff June 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Very good!

It is possible to wreck a person’s day/week/year/… with just a single idle sentence.

I know. It happened to me recently. Still trying to undo the damage… for me this is minor, but 60 years ago it wasn’t.

Even in the simplest interpersonal interactions it is good to be kind.


Bamboo Forest July 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

A single sentence can certainly challenge the well-being of another.


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