“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” — Carl Jung
As we look back on all of the relationships we have ever been in, we realize something… we are completely different people in each relationship, but why is that?
The person you are with oftentimes will dictate the kind of person you are when you are with them.
If they are unkind, filled with drama, and perpetually negative in spirit; chances are, you will begin to be the same way.
It’s almost inevitable.
Being influenced by the person you are with, whether or not it is friends, family, or a significant other, doesn’t make you appear weak.
It makes you normal.
Now, with that being said, it is never okay for the opinion of those from the past to be brought into a present relationship.
The reason being, who your other half was with that person in their past, is never exactly who they are going to be with you.
The energy and the way that person made your partner feel is the reason why they reacted in the way they did.
The same applies in the workforce when you apply for a new job. The person you are in the interview, on the job, after work, among co-workers, and surrounded by management are all going to be unique.
The person you were as a teenager in front of your parents vs. when you were around your friends could probably have been mistaken as complete strangers.
The person you are in all of the wrong relationships next to the one right one, will each be different.
The people we choose to surround ourselves with are going to bring out either the best or the worst in us and there is nothing we can do about it, other than keep the best ones closest.
Do not value the opinions of others more than you value the truth behind actions that are right in front of you.