The Bullies’ Claws Come Out

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Suzanne Coleman, MD

 

It was an emotional episode of the Bachelor’s “The Girls Tell All” tonight.  We got to hear from Jubilee, Olivia, and Lace, the three women who made the most headlines during this season.  And then Caila and Ben.

Let’s start with Jubliee.  Now those of you that follow my posts know that I like this girl.  Check out my previous post here.  Before Chris Harrison even put her on the “stand” two girls started attacking her.  Wow, and you guys wonder why she didn’t feel comfortable interacting with you?  Hmm….

One of the girls was Amber but I have no clue who the other girl was.  She identified herself as “bi-racial” and it was clearly a very big deal to her.  So big that other women’s identities seemed to cause her self-esteem to weaken.  That’s not healthy.  Don’t identify yourself based on what other people think or say, be stronger, be yourself.  This is truly up to you, no one else.

She was apparently upset that Jubilee said something about her being “fully black.”  Ok, well that’s her, not you.  If you have an issue with someone I suggest you tell them right away, not let it burn a hole inside of you for months or years.  Address them right away, tell them how you feel and why.  If nothing else, when you speak up you are respecting yourself, staying silent is like letting someone else take away your voice, don’t do that.  Choose to speak up and speak out.  You can do it in a constructive way, if possible, and hopefully you can start a positive dialogue with those you are having the miscommunication or disagreement with.  But this girl apparently kept her anger inside and brought it out during the episode.  I’m sorry she has these feelings, she is a gorgeous individual and I hope she can learn to love herself regardless of what other people might think or say about her.

But things got better.  Later, when Jubilee was up on the stand, she talked about how she has difficulty with trusting people and feeling like she can count of others because she has lost her entire family.  That makes sense.  I know that a lot of people are lucky enough to have family and friends supporting and guiding them through life, helping them to know how to deal with difficult situations and people, and being a steady hand for them through life’s challenges and successes.  But she hasn’t had this.  A lot of people haven’t, and they suffer for it, often daily.

Not knowing where you stand with people and having no one to fall back on for support is exhausting.  So she faltered at times with the other girls, and didn’t respond in the way that someone who was taught how to respond would.  Don’t hold it against her.  No one is perfect and everyone has something to offer.  When someone is in a situation like her, where she feels like she is standing on uneven ground and isn’t sure where she can grab on to hold, I suggest counseling as it can teach you how to respond in those situations, to the best of your ability.  You just need to try, and things CAN get better.

I hope that people can learn from these women’s situations.  They opened up and shared very personal information about themselves and that takes real courage.  Don’t hate people because they are different, like others say, you never know what struggles they are facing, try and have compassion and understanding.  And communicate with them clearly and without attacking them and you’ll likely have a better chance of a positive impact than if you attack them, or worse, talk behind their backs.  No one can help you if you don’t let them know what the problem is, talk to them directly.

Then things progressed to Olivia.  This young woman has really been tortured throughout this process.  That is not good.  Sure, she is far from perfect, she is learning about herself like we all are (hopefully).  Not unlike Jubilee, she has some difficulties in interacting with others, I can tell you that this is not her fault.  It is usually a result of not having people around you who can show you the best ways to interact with others as you are growing up.  These skills can be learned later in life, when someone is ready to learn them.  Counseling can be very helpful for people in a situation like this, teaching them about themselves objectively and teaching them the best skills for certain social situations.

While we were watching the girls talk to Olivia, it became pretty clear who the real bullies are, Emily, her sister, Amanda, and possibly even the brown-haired girl in the back.  I don’t know what is wrong with these young ladies, but they need to take a serious look at themselves.  They feed on each other and support each other in their bad behavior, which has led them to believe that they are in the right.  They are not.  Yes, there were conflicts, but as we saw during the show, they weren’t addressed well by Emily when she “tried.”  Putting aside your frustrations and then speaking to someone is a better way to reach them, and it allows you to hear what they have to say as well.  If you really want to have a better relationship with someone, try that.

On the show last night we saw the twins repeatedly play the victim, but it seems that they are the perpetrators.  Let me be direct.  My advice?  Grow up and take some responsibility for who you really are, and then work to become a better person.

That’s all I’ll tackle today ladies.  Next week’s finale looks like it will be great!  Ben revealed that he has found the love of his life, now we just have to wait to find out which of the two girls he loves is THE ONE.

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Here’s What’s Going to Happen Next Week on “The Bachelor”

The Bachelor Gossip, framed

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Suzanne Coleman

Ok, I can tell you what’s going to happen on next week’s Bachelor because Ben just told me, on the after show.  Seriously.

The big cliffhanger tonight was whether or not Olivia is FINALLY going to go home!  All of the girls are starting to talk to Ben about her behind her back, especially Emily who called her a bully.  Hmm… I’m not sure she’s a bully.  She has some communication issues, and maybe some other issues, but she doesn’t seem like she’s actually a bully.

So Emily was at her breaking point and went to spill the beans to Ben, crying.  Then the other girls felt they should chime in too.  So Ben was getting freaked out, did he really know Olivia, or not?!

The show ended at the rose ceremony with Ben asking for Olivia to come and talk to him while the girls waited, gasping, hoping to see her executed.  Oh, I mean sent home.  Too much of “The Tudors.”

Then they went on to the after show, which is filmed now, after the season is actually over and the outcome is known.  Ben was there and they asked him a bunch of questions, like is Olivia’s breath really awful?  Which he politely avoided answering.  He then said that the situation with Olivia was just like the situation with Nick on his season with him.  He said that he thought Nick was fine and they got along, but the other guys were really after him.  Then he said that’s the same thing that happened on this season with Olivia, that the girls are talking about her and that they don’t like her; he said it went on for weeks in the house.  Since this was the first time he heard about their issues with Olivia, he must keep her on longer for it to last for weeks.  He also said he kept her on for a while to figure out what was really true and what was just competitive feelings between the girls and Olivia.

That’s probably why the producers show all of the girls crying and really upset on the next episode.  They just couldn’t get rid of that Olivia!

On the after show they also showed that in the end Ben is in love with two girls and he seems to have trouble choosing one.  I am pretty sure this has happened before, more than once, but Chris Harrison said it’s a first for the show, so I’m guessing there’s more to the story and we’ll just have to tune in to find out the rest of it.

That was the last after party, they’re kind of fun, but I think they need to focus a bit more on content, and a bit less on the hard liquor.  Just saying…

In other news, Jubilee was sent home unceremoniously tonight.  That was a shocker!  Ben just turned on her.  I wonder about him.  He thinks he’s unlovable but the second someone has her own doubts, he sends her packing.  Maybe he should look into that a bit more.  I also think that Jubilee needs to get some counseling so she can get herself together.  She has a lot to offer but she needs to steady her self-esteem before she can be her best person.  I think she and Ben both have weakness in that area, so that’s probably why he let her go so easily.  He saw his own worst fears in her.

Also tonight I realized that Amanda looks almost the same as JoJo, no wonder I get confused…  Am I the only one?  🙂

Ok, it’s your turn to chime in, who do you think is right for Ben?  Who do you think are the two girls he falls in love with?  Let us all know in the comments!  See ya!

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