Who Is Stubborn ? How to Help Ourselves Overcome It ?

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People quickly point fingers at others for everything gone wrong, but it’s challenging to recognize one’s own faults. 

People are very little self-reflective. They intend to be appreciated and flattered only. However, unfortunately, they do not offer others what they expect from others. Such attitudes develop into a strong habit that makes people blind to their mistakes and think everything is alright on their part.

Living with such an attitude leads to a difficult, stubborn mental position of a person. The misfortune is that the person believes himself or herself always right, keeps self-scoring high, and consequently, persistent misbehavior become the person’s characteristic traits. 

Dictionary meaning of stubborn is ‘having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, especially despite good arguments or reasons to do so.’ 

Stubborn is a kind of mental illness. Human beings get entangled with these empirical feelings and live across various circumstances and experiences, some positive and negative. Some people find themselves being isolated or neglected. Or there might be a huge unexpected loss in the family, personal life or career of stubborn people or experience unjustifiable severe torture or harassment. These unfavorable situations might result in a twist in the life journey. It could be most disgusting that the individual feels losing recognition but still can’t accept the cause of the situational consequences. 

There is always a conflict in the life of such people. That leads people of such traits either towards depression or towards the aggressive fight against unwanted situations. These people understand society from very personal perspectives. As they are rejected in public, they tend to push up more against people’s thoughts in general and finally become stubborn.

Individuals need to know the easy symptoms of becoming stubborn, although it’s challenging to do so. As once said, stubborn people insist on doing or proving something even though they believe it’s wrong and no one is doing this. The patients get easily angry or frustrated and always pay little attention to any situation they disagree with. It doesn’t happen innocently, though. The patient can’t compromise the situation. Instead, he intends to control and win the position as the deep-rooted personal willingness. 

The conflict arises when such bull-headed people neither compromise nor surrender; instead, they wish to take revenge or fight against the situation. Settlement is possible only if the disputing parties realize that the rival is not in profit. For this, the advantage of the consequence of compromise must give equal profit to all.

A huge question that requires careful attention to deal with the situation and make decisions reasonably has always kept human beings at crossroads. The appetite of looking number one has been essential for survival as human beings compete.

Generally, people believe the children are stubborn, which is wrong. Until four, children behave fairly- equal share to themselves and others, say, they share foods, fruits, etc. After that, they learn some preferences and watch adults making unfair decisions and distributions. They begin questioning their existing behavior (making fair distribution) and understand what it means to prioritize the self-first. Adult behaviors teach children to address self-interest first. 

Do you help a stranger to pick up goods spilled in the street and miss your bus? Certainly not. The children observe such behaviors of parents and learn to ignore public concerns at the cost of personal benefits.

The life experiences build personal traits (or beliefs), which are transferred into general characteristics since people interact and accumulate offensive social attributes. 

Man is a social being, i. e. man is a social construct. Therefore, the existing human behaviors are the products of human beings. The other factors include genetic qualities, experience with nature, and out-of-control situations. However, the erroneous social upbringing in the family is the primary cause of stubborn behavior. Thus the stubbornness is not a private entity; it is a product of the interactions of multiple personal and public traits. So, when stubbornness is analyzed as an individual property, that’s a blunder.

There are possible remedies for overcoming stubbornness. One of the best ways of becoming fair and avoiding inflexibility is being an active listener. 

People generally tend to ignore listening to others because they presume that the speakers try to justify themselves. This kind of presumption is not advantageous to either side. When you listen to someone, you have the opportunity to understand the context in a bigger image, and at the same time, there is a chance of changing your mind and clicking something advantageous for you. 

The next idea of avoiding stubbornness can be practicing openness. Stop thinking that there is only one way of action, but begin to explore alternatives. Flexibility is always worthy to practice. The third idea can be admitting mistakes. Making mistakes is natural. But people generally do not accept mistakes. The solution is that everyone needs to be accountable for their actions, making them do everything right.

Similarly, everyone should know that even the right action needs proper context to perform and there might always be a chance to think about the plan B of any act. It means we need to wait for the appropriate time to execute every action. 

These strategies are not easy to follow but not impossible if prepared mindfully. However, it would be best if you were ready to sacrifice your dream or possession to achieve a bigger goal and privileges for the real change you want.

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