When I was younger, I was used to being ignored and overlooked by others.
Whenever I joined a group of people who were chatting, and I wanted to contribute, others would talk over me. As if I wasn’t there. Nobody reacted to what I had said. As if I had never spoken.
I don’t think people did it intentionally. Or, at least most of them didn’t. But, nonetheless, it happened a lot. And it was frustrating, disheartening. And hurtful.
Especially as it took all my courage to join the conversation in the first place. And being cut dead just confirmed my belief that I had nothing of interest to share.
Maybe you have experienced this in your life.
People talking over you, overlooking you or taking credit for things you said or work you did. Without batting an eyelid.
And, like me, you may wonder why this is happening to you. Why other people do this.
Could it be their egos trying to steal the limelight at your expense? Or selfishly grabbing praise for work they did not do? Are they just so used to you being shy and kinda invisible? Are they taking advantage or mocking you?
Or, worst of all, is it possible that you really are that irrelevant?
But, in most cases, the answer is something completely different altogether.Read more