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Poem on Judging Others or Being Judged

As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

Finger-Pointing and Judging Others Blocks Communication

Standing in judgment of others often includes finger-pointing and projecting.

Standing in judgment of others often includes finger-pointing and projecting.

Judgment Creates Defensiveness in Personal Relationships

Judgment creates conflicts and arguments between partners in a relationship. Each becomes defensive as they defend their positions.

Judgment creates conflicts and arguments between partners in a relationship. Each becomes defensive as they defend their positions.

"Judgment Calls"


I see you aren't that different from me,

But still I ignore your worth.

No better than I are you than me,

A truth first told at birth.


But still I ignore your worth,

Judging farther than I can see,

A truth first told at birth,

I forget your unique identity.


Judging farther than my eyes can see,

I miss your special traits,

I forget your unique identity,

For my respect you wait.


I miss your special traits,

No attention to who you are,

For my respect you wait,

Acknowledgment sits afar.


No attention to who you are,

No better than I are you than me.

And still, acknowledgment sits afar,

Yet, I see you aren't that different from me.

Judging the Opinions of Others Creates Acrimony Among Groups

We believe our point of view is superior to that of others, more evident than ever in today's vitriolic and political climate.

We believe our point of view is superior to that of others, more evident than ever in today's vitriolic and political climate.

Sitting in Judgment Deflects Blame Onto Others

We tend to place blame onto others before looking at ourselves and taking responsibility.

We tend to place blame onto others before looking at ourselves and taking responsibility.

Scripture About Judgment

Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV)

"Judge not, that you be judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is a log in your own eye?

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."

No Judgement: Unconditional Acceptance and Love

Young children are accepting of each other without judgment.

Young children are accepting of each other without judgment.

Judgment Does Not Exist in True Friendship

Friends don't judge each other; they are accepting of each other's opinions and love unconditionally.

Friends don't judge each other; they are accepting of each other's opinions and love unconditionally.

Judging Others

Resource on Understanding Why We Judge

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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