When you’re irritated or annoyed with someone for the way they’re being, you may think “I would never be like that”.
But the intensity of your irritation could be a sign that you’re experiencing a shadow side of yourself – a part of you, seen reflected in them, that you deny and which you do your best to keep out of view.
Pushing the other person away is an attempt to push away the part of yourself you’d rather not see.
And instead of believing all your judgements, you could start to recognise that what you’re seeing in them is, indeed, just like you. And then you have the possibility of reaching out to them with compassion rather than hostility, learning more about yourself, and healing what’s pushing the two of you apart.