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If You Want a Great Relationship, Focus on Improving Yourself

If You Want a Great Relationship, Focus on Improving Yourself

It is difficult to be in a relationship with someone else if you have a negative relationship with yourself.

It can make you feel emotionally dependent on your partner. It can make you feel jealous and crazy. It can cause friction in your relationship, and it can cause the relationship to turn sour.

This leaves both people feeling confused, upset, angry and overwhelmed. Both partners may feel isolated and alone – even when they are physically with their partner.

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If you can relate to this, it is time you for to focus on improving yourself. This is because no-one else will be able to love you properly until you love yourself.

When you do start to improve yourself, you will notice that you become happier and more confident. People will be attracted to your warm, friendly, positive personality, and they will love you for it. On the other hand, if you don’t improve yourself you will emit a negative, sad vibe that pushes people away from you.

It may seem like a big task, but it is actually quite easy to improve yourself – and there are so many benefits to doing so! You will love yourself more, you will be more positive and happy in relationships, and it will be emotionally rewarding on a daily basis.

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If you want relationship advice to improve your relationship with yourself, look no further. Here are five ways to improve yourself.

How To Improve Yourself

Treat Yourself With Love

The first thing that you need to do to improve yourself is treat yourself with love. If you don’t have a great relationship with yourself it is likely that you often ignore your own needs, but that stops today. Make an effort to listen to your needs and wants, and communicate with yourself about those needs and wants. For instance, if you feel hesitant about something don’t push your thoughts down – take the time to think about why you feel hesitant, and respect that feeling.

Don’t Insult Yourself

An unhealthy relationship is filled with put downs and insults, but a healthy relationship is filled with encouraging, positive affirmations. Remember that you are your friend, not your enemy. Try to stop insulting yourself, and if you do insult yourself make sure to think a positive thought afterwards. Over time this will help to replace the internal insults with comments that make you feel better about yourself. This relationship advice may seem simple, but it is very effective.

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Replace Negative Words With Positive Ones

If you have a poor relationship with yourself, you may have a negative thought process. This will affect the way that you see the world and yourself, so it is time to make an effort to replace negative words (such as no, ugly, bored, lonely, annoyed, disinterested) with positive words (such as yes, happy, content, grateful, thank you, love).

To start with you may feel like you are faking a new personality, but this attitude will soon feel normal – and you will feel happier for it.

Replace Negative Thoughts With Positive Ones

Once you’ve changed the way you speak, it will be easier for you to change the way that you think. If you catch yourself having a negative thought, make a conscious effort to push the thought out of your mind.

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Find A Real Reason To Be Healthier And Happier

Lots of people try to be healthy because they think that they should, but in reality this is a bad reason to be healthy. It means that you won’t enjoy being healthy, and it is likely that you will still be unhealthy on a regular basis.

Find a real reason to be healthy; a reason that isn’t just obligation. Make an effort to find exercises, sports and healthy foods that you like, and set health milestones to track your progress.

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Last Updated on May 7, 2019

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Work in any competitive field long enough, and you’re bound to run into a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s a powerful image. A shepherd watches over his flock to protect them from harm. He’d chase away any predator that tried to make its way into the flock. A clever wolf wearing the skin of a sheep as a disguise can sneak by the vigilant shepherd and get into the herd undetected.

The story isn’t just a colorful description–it’s a warning to all of us to beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They may seem innocent, but they have ulterior motives. They’ll use different tactics to camouflage their intentions.

The person who is kind to you, but undercuts you when you aren’t around is a wolf in disguise. A wolf in sheep’s clothing might pick your brain for ideas and then pass them off as their own to get a promotion. They’re always looking out for themselves at the expense of everyone around them.

Wearing a Disguise Has Its Advantages

People don’t go out of their way to manipulate others unless they’re getting something out of it. Hiding their intentions gives wolves the chance to manipulate other people to advance their own agenda. They know that what they’re trying to do wouldn’t be popular, or it might cause struggle if they presented themselves honestly.

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    They’ll be able to do what they want with less interference if they put on an act. By the time people figure out their true motives, the wolf has what it wants.

    Signs That Someone Is a Wolf in Disguise

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        1. They live to take power instead of empowering others. A wolf uses people as stepping stones to get the things that they want. They don’t care what happens to anyone else.[1] A wolf at work might make you look bad during a presentation to make themselves look amazing in front of the boss.
        2. Wolves seem sweet on the outside, but they’ll show you their teeth. If wolves revealed their true identity, people wouldn’t associate with them. They develop a friendly or kind persona, but they can’t keep up the act 24/7. Eventually, they’ll reveal their aggressive tendencies. A wealthy person who likes to break the law may make sizable charitable donations to convince people that they are kind and thoughtful. These donations largely keep them out of trouble, but if someone calls them out, they destroy that person’s reputation to stifle the criticism.
        3. They manipulate through emotions to get what they want. Wolves know that they can get ahead by appealing to your emotions. They find out what you want and need, and they give you just enough to keep you quiet and compliant. Imagine that your boss is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and you want to ask for a vacation. She might try to play on your guilt and feelings of insecurity to get you to skip vacation or take fewer days off.
        4. A wolf will charm you first. Wolves are experts at manipulating the people around them. They appear interested in whatever you’re doing, and you’ll get the impression that they care. After they get you where they want you, they do just enough to keep you on the hook. This is the coworker who may start out being your friend, but they end up dumping responsibility onto you. When they see that you are growing frustrated, they’ll surprise you with something to charm you some more. Then, they’ll continue to do whatever they want.
        5. Their stories are full of holes.  Calling a wolf out is the surest way to make them squirm. When this person tries to come up with a story, it won’t make much sense because they are improvising.[2] The classic example of this is the significant other that you suspect has cheated on you. When you ask them why they came home so late, they’ll either become upset with you, or they’ll make up a weak explanation.

        How to Spot a Wolf

          Know What’s Real So You Can Spot the Phony

          Do some homework so that you have as much of the story as possible before you work with them. Research how they respond in certain situations, or give them hypothetical problems to see how they respond.

          A job applicant might tell you that she’s always positive and thinks of herself as a team-player. That’s what every employer wants to hear. During the interview you ask applicants to work in groups to solve a problem to see how they handle the situation. The applicant “positive team-player” is bossy and negative. You’ve spotted the wolf.

          A wolf will tell you something that ultimately benefits them. Gather evidence that proves or disproves their position, and see what happens. Chances are, when you choose the side that supports their agenda, they’ll act like your best friend. If you disagree, they’ll become aggressive.

          Spotting a potential wolf–especially if you are one of the sheep–can present you with some challenges. If your gut tells you that a wolf is lurking among all the other sheep, pay attention, and make sure you take the next step.

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          Ask Questions, the More the Better

          There’s nothing wrong with asking questions to uncover the truth. The safety of everyone in your group is at risk. Since wolves often make up stories, you may be able to call them out when their tales lack details.

          When they state an opinion, ask “Why do you think that?” or “How do you know it’s like that?” They’ll have trouble coming up with enough information to pull off the lie.

          Since wolves are always pretending to be something they aren’t, they don’t usually have a clearly thought-out reason for what they say. In a debate, they won’t understand the root of an issue.

          They may also tell you what they think you want to hear, but when pressed for more information, they won’t have anything to add. Their knowledge is superficial. No matter how much you try to encourage discussion, they will not be able to carry on a conversation about the subject.

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          Wolves Are Everywhere

          As much as we want to believe that everyone has the best intentions, it isn’t always the case. Some people only do things to benefit themselves, and they don’t care who they hurt in the process.

          Wolves in sheep’s clothing can be found in almost every setting. You can’t get rid of them, but if you can spot them, you can avoid falling into their traps.

          Reference

          [1] Association of Biblical Counselors: Three Ways to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
          [2] Power of Positivity: Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing

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