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What Does It Mean To Hate Someone

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What Does It Mean To Hate Someone

What Does It Mean To Hate Someone

In this article, we will explore what does it mean to hate someone? What is the meaning of hatred? How do you hate and why would anyone ever want to hate another person? The answer to these questions may surprise you.
The dictionary defines hate as “a feeling of strong aversion.” When I think about how people describe their feelings towards others, there are really no words that can accurately convey the depth of their disdain. They have become so accustomed to their own thoughts and opinions that they find themselves at a loss when asked to explain how they actually feel about someone else.
When was the last time you were asked to define your emotions toward someone else? If not recently then perhaps never. Most likely, if you could even remember, you probably felt compelled to say something like; “I don’t know,” “it depends,” or “that’s none of your business.” In any case, most people aren’t comfortable enough in expressing their true feelings to give an accurate description. So, instead they resort to vague answers such as those mentioned above.
Why is it important to understand how one feels about someone? As a matter of fact, understanding how one feels about someone can be very helpful. People who hate others typically harbor resentment, anger, envy, jealousy and other negative feelings toward them. These negative emotions serve as fuel for their destructive behavior and lead to many self-destructive actions including verbal abuse, physical violence, vandalism, theft, lying, drug use and suicide attempts. Hatred also leads to depression and anxiety which can cause poor sleep, headaches, stomach aches, fatigue and nervousness.
A person who hates others is usually someone who has been hurt by them or someone who lacks confidence in themselves. They tend to blame others for all of life’s problems and have difficulty seeing things from another persons perspective. Often times they project their fears onto others and see everything through distorted lenses. This makes them unable to accept compliments or kindness because they believe that they deserve better treatment than everyone else.
One way to stop hating someone is to take responsibility for your own happiness. You must begin to realize that your moods and feelings are within your control. No one outside of yourself can make you happy or unhappy. Happiness is always within our reach but sometimes we need to change our circumstances in order to achieve it. We cannot depend on others to bring us joy. Only we ourselves can do that. Stop blaming others for your unhappiness and start taking action to improve your situation.
If you are a person who hates others, ask yourself why this is so. Is it possible that you might be jealous of them? Are they more successful than you? Do you feel threatened by them? Perhaps you are insecure due to your appearance or lack of education. Be honest with yourself and seek help if necessary.
There are two types of hatred – active and passive. Active hatred requires that you actively participate in harming another person. Passive hatred occurs when you watch or listen to a friend being mistreated without doing anything to prevent it. This type of hatred is associated with low self esteem, low social status, loneliness and despair. People who practice passive hatred are often victims of bullying and harassment.
Hatred is a powerful emotion that should be used wisely. Like fire, it can burn up the object upon which it is directed if allowed to run rampant. On the other hand, if properly controlled and channeled, it can bring great hope and prosperity to its host. For example, hatred has been used successfully throughout history to rid communities of evil people and diseases. Hatred is a tool that can be used for good or bad depending on how it is utilized.
It is easy to confuse hate with love. Love is defined as “an affectionate regard for another person or thing.” It means to cherish or enjoy. By contrast, hatred is different from love. Love is positive while hatred is negative. Love is based on compassion, forgiveness and acceptance while hatred is based on judgment, revenge and separation. Just because someone loves someone doesn’t necessarily mean that they hate someone else. If they did, their loved ones would surely suffer horribly.
We live in a world where people are taught to judge one another based on superficial characteristics. There is little room left for real human interaction. Our society is becoming increasingly impersonal and cut off from meaningful relationships. We are constantly bombarded with images of celebrities, politicians, athletes, models, actors, musicians and movie stars. Many people spend countless hours watching television programs, movies, playing video games, reading magazines, newspapers and books. Even though some of these people are genuine role models, many of them promote selfishness, greed, hypocrisy, immorality, racism, sexism, xenophobia (fear of foreigners), homophobia (hatred of homosexuals) and religious intolerance.
People who hate others are responsible for much suffering in today’s world. They contribute heavily to the growth of terrorism, crime, mental illness, disease, poverty, hunger, homelessness, pollution, prejudice, discrimination and war. We are living in dark times and unless we work together to eliminate hatred and violence, our children will inherit a terrible future.
“There is only one language of love…and it is spoken by angels, heard by seraphim, read by saints and lived by heroes.”  Paulo Coehlo

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