the one and the many

in the presence of certain people
we choose to constrict and stifle ourselves
we render our boundaries porous, our membranes high-strung
and we become preemptive,
defensive-reactive, withdrawn and vague
why?
yes, we gotta surround ourselves with “positive” people
but those “negative” individuals also play an important role
in effect, the people we find irritating and challenging
point to the weak/dysfunctional parts of our boundary
they are guiding us

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