Ever Tried to Change Someone?

Valuable Perspective


How can we stop the negative influence of people who are close to us and enable them to change their thinking pattern?

This is a curious question.

I don’t know if you have ever made the attempt to change anyone.  I don’t believe I have met anyone who has been successful in that effort.  In fact, it is possible to expend a great deal of time and energy in such pursuits, without getting any success.

If you feel someone is having a negative influence on you, if you feel someone close is having a continuous negative influence on you, you do have a few options.

One possibility is to ascertain what you think you are gaining by remaining close to that person.  Is it possible that on some level you are attached to their negative influence?  Is it possible that their negativity offers you an excuse to criticise them and…

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