Words Have Power

“You think you’re better than everyone else.”

As I’m sure people can imagine, I’m not just suddenly writing this because I felt like it. I’m writing this because words have just had this type of impact on me. And with me, it’s one simple phrase that does it.

“You think you’re better than everyone else”

This statement is something that cuts extremely deeply for me. I usually try to pass off anything people say about me and ignore it, but this is the one thing that I can’t ignore. There is only one person who I’ve ever outright cut all communication with, leaving none open for them to try to apologise or say anything to me. And that one person said this dreaded statement. “You think you’re so much better than everyone else”.

I hate this phrase. The implication that someone thinks that they’re so much higher up and better than everyone else around them is awful. It implies that not only do they think that they’re the most important thing in the world, but they also think that everyone else is somehow inferior to them.

For someone who struggles to make and keep friendships anyway, this hits particularly close to home. It makes me throw myself into doubt over what kind of person I am. Am I really such a monster, that I don’t care about anyone else because I think they’re somehow below me, inferior to me? Do I really think this of other people? What kind of person am I for me to be this way?

This is a horrible thing. Thinking this about yourself is unhealthy. It can lead to terrible things – depression, self-harm, suicide. People have taken their own lives over things that other people lead them to believe. And how do we make them believe these things? Words.

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