Reducing the Irritation Factor

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves” Carl Jung

Is there someone in your team or a customer that always seems to get up your nose?

Have you ever stopped to wonder why?

If we take a long hard look at why someone irritates us, it can often reveal a lot about ourselves. It might be related to our values and beliefs, or are we projecting what we don’t like about ourselves onto the other person? An example could be someone who talks a lot and continually interrupts. Does this go against your beliefs about respecting people and listening, or is it that you tend to do that too, and they are taking ‘your’ airtime? Having identified this, your next question is, so what do you choose to do about it? The choice is yours, but if you always do what you always do, you’ll always get what you always get.

Activity: (Your mission over the next month, should you choose to accept it!) Keep a log of each time someone irritates you, and identify why it is. See if a pattern forms. At the end of the month, take time to review and learn from it. Set yourself a personal development goal to reduce the irritation factor. I would love to hear how you get on.

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