This question was, I believe, a recent writing prompt from NAIWE.
One of the lies that I tell myself the most often is, “YOU’RE STUPID.”
I tell myself this when I cannot figure out my phone, when I can’t figure out something on the computer, when I inadvertently do something that hurts someone…the list goes on and on.
I know that I am not stupid. I have a master’s degree in biochemistry. I can read and write well. I can balance my checkbook.
I do stupid things once in a while. Everybody does. Right?
I believe that it’s important to separate the action from the person. A smart person can do something stupid. This does not mean the person is stupid. The action is.
People really need to watch what they say. Don’t call a person stupid when they do something stupid. It is very hurtful to be called stupid.
So why do I keep hurting myself by calling myself stupid?