People often attach an emotional put-down to anything they don’t like or have decided against. Put-downs of people are hurtful and have been used to control human behavior for centuries. Put-downs are intended to hurt, and to lower the esteem of the target. However, put-downs are ineffective when the target has high self-esteem. Separating out the hurtful emotion from a factual statement, and accepting any truth while rejecting the put-down emotion, can help avoid being hurt or manipulated by put-downs. We shine the light of truth on our emotions, keeping our self-esteem and helping us to avoid putting down others. Put-downs are emotional weapons to be used with great responsibility and care.
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