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How can you hate someone you don't know?

  1. Ronyae profile image76
    Ronyaeposted 2 years ago

    How can you hate someone you don't know?

    If you've never met them, nor spoke with them - what makes you dislike a person?

  2. Lilmsrandom2002 profile image60
    Lilmsrandom2002posted 2 years ago

    The media or words from friends.  It happens all the time.  Personally I do not get it.  I have been hated from people before they met me due to what other people had said about me even if the information was not true.  I have a lot of people that do not like me that do not know me because for some reason a lot of people like to pick on me and bully me.  I wish that people would learn how to form their own opinions of people after talking or at least meeting them.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    People do it all of the time.
    Sometimes it's only a matter of you believing in something they disagree with. In other instances it may involve envy, jealousy, or you remind them of someone they do know. Interestingly enough the more famous you are the more haters you'll have. Some people will hate you for being popular! They hate for the fun of it!
    Read through the comments section of any article about President Obama or any movie star and you'll see many comments bashing them and odds are no one spewing their hate has ever met them.
    I've also known people who hated people because their friend had some bad history with them. Mind you this person has never said or done anything to them but they feel obligated to hate out of loyalty to their friend! If my friend hates you then I hate you.
    Sounds very immature but many adults play that game.

    1. feenix profile image60
      feenixposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Even though I have never met any of them, I hate the members of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. Now, do you suppose that my hatred of them is born from envy or immaturity on my part.?

    2. dashingscorpio profile image87
      dashingscorpioposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      feenix, Only you can answer that. Do you hate them as (people)? or  for what they "do"? and "stand for"? Sometimes people hate because (they are hated) or under attack. Maybe the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram envies you!

  4. chef-de-jour profile image97
    chef-de-jourposted 2 years ago

    I guess there must be some kind of subconcscious/unconscious energy at work for someone to hate another person they've never met or know anything about. We humans are strange creatures, a mix of the instinctive and the rational.
    I had personal experience of a similar phenomenon some years ago when I lived and worked in the south west of England. I would spend an hour or so in the local library studying and one time I noticed this older man come in to do some browsing of books. There was just something about him that made the hairs stand up on my neck - was it the way he moved, the expression on his face? -but his appearance wasn't out of the ordinary.If anything he was just a normal middle aged bloke yet when I looked at him I felt a bit nauseous. This went on for some weeks.Eventually, I had to use a different part of the library to avoid making eye contact with him, which on the odd occasion I did. I felt as if I should confront him or ask him questions - but that would have been absurd!
    I still don't know why I felt hatred towards this man but the strong feelings inside came through to affect me- he was guilty of something!! Sounds like a chapter out of a thriller or psychological drama. He stopped using the library after about 3 months so i didn't have to face these latent feelings again. It hasn't happened since, with anyone.