Tall Poppy Syndrome 

“Everyone, either from modesty or egotism, hides away the best and most delicate of his soul’s possessions; to gain the esteem of others, we must only ever show our ugliest sides; this is how we keep ourselves on the common level.”

—Gustave Flaubert, November


When someone resents your high points it’s only because they’re insecure about having the potential for achieving something equally great. They’re threatened. When someone celebrates your low points, it’s because it makes them feel better with themselves because you’ve intimidated them. People who are overjoyed by someone else’s struggles, are never going to be happy within themselves, or have those healthy relationships where they can support and uplift others instead of wanting to tear them down. It speaks volumes of their character. You needn’t ever be concerned with them. It is clear that you are so far beyond/above them that they are desperate for you to fall. Keep going higher and higher, until you can’t even hear them or see them anymore.


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