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“People may hate you for being different and not living by society’s standards but deep down, they wish they had the courage to do the same.”
Courage is often times seen in the weak, the small, and the powerless. While others cower in fear, the courageous steps out of the crowd to face fear itself. We sing songs and tell stories about the courageous few because they possess a rare trait that makes the powerful as small as an ant.
The downside of being courageous is being hated or ostracized by the majority. However, this hatred is only a disguise for their inferiority and envy. As explained by psychologists, envy takes root when someone has a superior quality or possession that persons desire for themselves. When they see you gain accolades, commendation, success, or happiness for doing something they would never have the guts to do, their primary instinct turns them into green-eyed monsters.
As quoted from American former professional boxer Evander Holyfield, “People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavour is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.”
With courage comes success, and with success comes envy from people who are supposed to be happy for you. Instead of being affected by their unreasonable hate, recognize their unmet needs instead and reach out to them, psychologists and relationship experts advised. They are after all just discontented individuals with misplaced emotions.