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Why Do People Hate Me for No Reason: 5 Ways to Cope With It

It’s not easy to live with the belief that everyone hates you. 

But, unless you are the Joker or some other antihero – it is very unlikely that everyone hates you. 

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Sometimes, the feeling that everyone hates you is a consequence of your beliefs and has nothing to do with how people perceive you. 

Sometimes we really are surrounded by people who don’t like us. In both cases, we must understand why this is so.

So, let’s first define who the people that hate you for no reason are. 

My Family Hates Me, and I Feel Alone

If you believe that your family hates you and you feel very lonely because of it, know that many people feel lonely in their families. 

Sometimes it’s enough to be a little different from other family members, to feel like you don’t belong. 

I had a lot of friends who were the youngest children in their families who, just because of the age difference, felt unwelcome, as if they were a burden to everyone. 

Their parents did not notice that they felt rejected and unloved. On the contrary, they believed that all children received the same treatment. 

Because of jealousy, older brothers and sisters often don’t accept the younger sibling. The younger one ends up feeling unwanted. 

It is incredible how the same situation can look completely different from different perspectives. 

In some periods of life, we argue with our parents a lot. If you feel like you have to argue with your mom or dad about everything, ask yourself if they hate you or care too much.

Authoritative mature mother sit on couch at home fight quarrel with grown-up adult daughter

Other reasons you may feel hated in your family are that, for example, you do not have a talent shared by all other family members. Or you are the only one with a special talent. 

Everything that sets you apart is often exactly what separates you from your family. 

What to Do If You Feel Your Family Hates You:

However, whatever the reason you feel hated by your family, here are the steps you can take to help yourself:

Talk Openly with Your Parents

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Open conversation – parents and children too often don’t understand each other simply because they don’t talk at all or don’t talk about important things. 

The responsibility for the relationship always rests with the parents, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the first step. 

For starters, just say how you feel. You don’t have to give reasons, just describe how you feel to the member with whom you find it easiest to talk.

If you experience disappointment, at least you will know that you didn’t mean it. But, in 99% of cases, the family has no idea how you really feel and thinks everything is great. 

Find Support in Friends

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Talk with your friends. If you are so sure that your family hates you that you think talking to them is mission impossible, it is important to find a close person outside the family circle with whom you can talk about it. 

After all, friends are the family we choose.

I Feel Like Everyone at Work Hates Me

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If you think that everyone at work hates you, it could mean many things. Maybe you are new, and the team needs time to get used to you and accept you. 

This is especially characteristic of teams where people work together for a long time.

Perhaps your colleagues believe you have some privileges they do not have.

Maybe your mindset doesn’t fit into the company’s corporate culture.

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But it is also very important to ask yourself if you love your job or if your job is making you depressed so that you leave and come back sluggish every day. 

If that’s the case, people simply return what you give them. When you don’t love your job so much, there’s no way it can’t be seen.

What to Do If You Feel Everyone at Work Hates You

Even when you are really not the most popular person in the office, the chances of literally everyone hating you are pretty small.

Here are some quick tips if you feel this way: 

Establish Your Goal and Boundaries 

Define your situation and make peace with it. If you can’t change your job, and you surely can’t change other people, you can change your attitude.

Focus on what’s useful and good for you regarding your job, and may that be your reminder of why you come to the office every day. 

Focus on Positive Things 

Instead of focusing on why your coworkers hate you, focus on the people you like at work.

You know what they say – what you focus on will grow

Why Does Someone Dislike Me for No Reason

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Just because someone doesn’t have an obvious reason to dislike you doesn’t mean they don’t have a reason at all. 

Also, why someone who doesn’t know you at all doesn’t like you is often very irrational. 

My friend, for example, for a long time, immediately started hating men with light brown curly hair because one of them hurt her badly. Simply, any resemblance to that experience triggered a bad feeling.

People also often project what they don’t like about themselves onto others. That way, they manage to maintain the self-image they need. 

Due to your looks, profession, personality traits, and similar, you may be particularly susceptible to such projections.

Generally, people don’t have to have a reason to like or dislike you.

How you deal with this fact is what really matters. 

Issues to Consider if Someone Dislikes You for No Reason:

  • Do you like the person who dislikes you at all, or just want to be liked by everyone?
  • How often do you have to be in contact with the person who dislikes you? If you have to see them every day, it might be a good idea to talk through and clean the air of a bad vibe. 
  • The dislike is often mutual. Maybe your personality differences create too much electricity. 
  • Don’t try to prove anything to the person who dislikes you for no reason. You may feel like you owe something to that person like you are obliged to prove they were wrong about you, but you are not. 
  • It is impossible to be liked by everyone. There’s always someone who will find something wrong with you. As long as that person isn’t you, you are fine. 

Note that there is a difference between feeling disliked by everyone and feeling like you annoy everyone

How to Accept Being Disliked

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The only person whose opinion you should care about is you.

When you feel good in your own skin and accept yourself with all your flaws and virtues, people feel it and feel that they can be who they are next to you. 

However, there is always someone who will not like you, no matter what you do. And let’s be honest, you don’t like all the people in the world either, and that’s perfectly fine.

The most important thing you need to understand is that when you love and accept yourself, other people’s opinions just don’t matter that much to you. 

Why did you ever think that everyone should like you? Not even everyone likes superheroes.

That’s why there are so many different ones.

Instead of worrying that not everyone likes you, it would be wiser to consider why it is so important to you that everyone likes you. 

Is it possible to like everyone and stay true to yourself? What is more important, being yourself or being liked by everyone?

Focus on what you like about yourself. Focus on the good in other people. The more you think about the good in and around you, the more good you’ll find. 

Maybe It Is All In Your Head

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Suppose you generally have a bad opinion of yourself. In that case, it is very possible that you will project negative expectations onto others. 

It’s just one defense mechanism we use when we feel threatened. The solution is to see where your bad opinion of yourself comes from. 

How we experience ourselves depends mostly on how we were experienced by the people we are most attached to – our family. 

When you recognize from whom you have adopted negative messages about yourself, you will be able to distance yourself from them and see yourself in a new light.

To overcome this feeling, you will need to have the courage to look within yourself. 

You don’t have to confess or say what you think or remember to anyone else. It is only important that you are aware of it and face it.

Here are some simple tips that can help you form a more positive self-image:

  • Ask the people who love you to name three of your good qualities or three reasons why they love you.
  • Think about the moments when you felt the best. Write down those memories and think about what made you feel good then. Did you still believe that people hated you then?
  • Recognize how you condition your love for yourself. Do you tell yourself that you are only OK if you are successful/beautiful/rich etc.?

When you get the answers to these questions, not only will it be easier for you to accept and love yourself, but you won’t even care much about whether people love or hate you.