You can try your best to hide who you are, but your emotions tell the whole story. There's a saying that goes something like this, "We love in others what we love in ourselves, and we cannot stand in others what we cannot see in ourselves." The latter part of that quote is especially revealing because, unbeknownst to us, the things that make us angry are often related to behaviors we hold ourselves.

Hidden deep within each of us are impulses that we've learned to suppress over time. For example, we may feel the urge to boast about our accomplishments, but we restrain ourselves out of respect for others. Suppressing that impulse can later manifest into different emotions. We might become angry and frustrated when we see others brag about themselves, because we've denied ourselves that temptation.

So in the most basic sense, our worst emotions can sometimes be traced to our worst temptations. Watching carefully for these behaviors in ourselves and in others can tell us a whole lot about who we are.
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