I'm no expert, but found the following article to be interesting...
"Most of us react to another person's behavior with bias when it differs from our own personality characteristic. As a result, we often internally label them as lazy, a jerk, stuck-up, self-centered, etc.. According to social psychology experts, when we respond with a bias reaction we make a 'fundamental attribution error', because we have failed to consider the role of situational factors that might affect another person's behavior".
Example: I'm driving and someone cuts in front of me with less than a foot to spare and speeds off. I think, “what a jerk! He clearly saw me!” In actuality, the other person is rushing to the hospital because of a family emergency.
I am reminded of a plaque given to me long ago by my Grandmother. She is gone now, but the caption goes like this; "Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins."
As the stores and malls become increasingly crowded and the traffic becomes more hectic, why not slip into something more comforting such as patience and empathy. Let's try to remember that we want the same thing. We want a day without drama. We also want a joyful and peace-filled Christmas with family and friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Kathy Goodhew, author
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.