My problem is your problem

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I love it when people project their problems onto you.

They’re messy so you must be messy.

They’re unhappy so you must be unhappy.

They’re disorganized so you must be disorganized.

Wait – what?cluttered desk

I don’t love this!  I HATE this!

Just the other day, I had someone say to me, “You and I really need to get better organized.”

What now?  I was sitting there, pen in hand, notebook open to a clean page while quietly taking notes about the meeting and the tasks being given to me.  You, on the other hand, were sitting at a desk covered in piles of paper scribbling furiously on a 2 x 2 sticky note.

WE need to get better organized?

I think not, sir.  I think not.

~P

2 comments for “My problem is your problem

  1. April 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I think its a psychological defense mechanism. If its that *we* have the problem, that’s easier to face than if *I* have the problem.

  2. May 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Maybe the “We” was a reference to them wanting to ask you for help. But not wanting to sound like it. Instead they ended up irritating you, big congrats to them. o_O

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