The need to be liked by others is inherent in everyone. The reality is that we don’t like everyone we meet, so why do we expect everyone we meet to like us? Similarities and common interests are what draws people together. Personal differences are what makes us not so passionate about building a relationship with someone else. In spite of those differences, we can still build a healthy relationship with someone. Sharing differences is as important as sharing similarities. We learn from one and connect through the other.

We cannot safely assume that other people’s minds work on the same principles as our own. All too often, others with whom we come in contact do not reason as we reason, or do not value the things we value, or are not interested in what interests us.

Isabel Briggs Myers