“people are intimidated by people they cannot imitate.”
We may sometimes share the same or similar experiences in life but those experiences are as individual as the person facing them, so is their reaction to them. It’s rational and healthy to be mindful of the energy we put into whatever life throws at us. I’m challenged on a daily basis, sometimes I can ignore a situation, shutting it off completely, other times I step out of character and challenge the situation head-on then regret later putting so much energy into something so meaningless. Our experiences can bring out the worst in us, just as it can bring out the best in us but it’s entirely up to you and me to know when to cut off or distance ourselves from situations that bring us down.