Here Are 3 Important Reasons Why Your Problems Matter & How To Not Underestimate Others

LIFESTYLE Nov 20, 2016 7 Comments



Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary. – Anonymous

I’ll bet you anything you like that you have ever heard one of these sentences:

1. I would like to have your problems (sarcastically)

2. What you? But what about children in Africa and sick people (and other people who have problems)?!

This is what I consider as “a selfish lack of interest”. But to be honest, I am guilty as well. However, if there is something I’ve learned from my psychology lessons and my life, it is that underestimate the problems of other people is A) not fair and B) not respectful neither.

I think this topic have something to do with the conversation skills. There is an amazing TEDtalk I watched about one year ago, and in this talk, Celeste Headlee, a host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program “On Second Thought”,  speaks about how to have a better conversation. She mentions 10 ways how to do that but I took one thing and it’s the most important one: don’t equate. Celeste says:

Don’t equate your experience with theirs. If they’re talking about having a lost a family member, don’t start talking about the time you lost a family member…It’s not the same. It is never the same.

I can’t say how much I agree with her.

The most important is that we are individuals and our problems, joys or the whole life are not the same. We experience different things in difference ways. So, here are 3 reasons why your (other people) problems matter.

1. Everybody is uniqueHere Are 3 Reasons Why Your Problems Matter And How To Not Underestimate Others

No matter what, in our perception of pain (or bad things) we are all different and unique. If your friend or your sister tell you about their problems don’t start to speak about your problems or even worst underestimate the weight.

The friend who comes to you have a unique problem and  want a helping hand, not a comparison or a mockery. So, just sit down, be present and listen because this makes you a good friend/wife/sister.

“If your mouth is open, you’re not learning.”   – Buddha

2. Everybody takes the pain differently

When something bad happens we all react in some kind of way – differently. That means  that I can’t compare my problems, for example, to problems of a woman who lost her job even if my problem is bigger or smaller then here. Simply just because I have never experienced her struggles and she has never experienced mine.

3. Nobody has the right to judge other’s problems

Nobody. Neither I nor your mum or friends. Nobody knows you and your joys and pains better than you. And nobody has the right to judge your problems or even worse compare them.

If the person you are talking to will start judge you or your pain, run. Because this person doesn’t deserve to know your pain neither your joys.

Anyway, I don’t want to make the whole post negative and so, I wish you good luck with everything you are struggling with now and remember that everything is figureoutable, right?


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Twenty-year student based in the Czech Republic. She admires everything minimal and floral. And she is also a big bookworm.


  1. Melissa

    Great post! I find it’s better to listen as much as possible, to try to understand.

    • Lucie

      Thank you, Melissa. I am really glad you like it. Anyway, listening is the most important but at the same time the hardest skill. 🙂 But when people can listen, it’s the best. 🙂

  2. I agree with you on your 3 reasons, especially with your number 2. We don’t really have the right to judge others and their problems because what may be light to us, may be very difficult for them already. Everybody deals with their problems in their own way and we just have to mind our own businesses and let other people mind theirs. Great read, Lucie! 🙂 xx

    • Lucie

      Thank you so much, Renee, for your kind words and opinion. 🙂 I am glad you can agree.

  3. Mary

    I need to pain “Don’t equate” on my walls, in bright red. You’re so right; nobodies problems are the same, but the doesn’t make them any better or worst than our own. We all have our own crosses to bear, and no one has the right to judge anyone.

    • Lucie

      Thank you so much, Mary, for your opinion. 🙂 I think it’s the quite important topic that should be discussing a little bit more. 🙂 Have a nice day.

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