Inner Growth Word of The Day 31 – Hostile

January 31

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Hostile


Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1 a. of or relating to an enemy.  1 b. marked by malevolence:  having or showing unfriendly feelings.  1 c. openly opposed or resisting.  1 d1. not hospitable.  1 d2. having an intimidating, antagonistic, or offensive nature.


Hostile in a sentence: A hostile feeling towards someone or something arises for various reasons and requires attention, as well as resolution so that the situation and feeling may be resolved.


Hostile in action: When we’re opposed to something or someone that comes our way, hostile feelings may present themselves and cause some friction in our day to day.


Hostile and inner growth:  Even though when we’re hostile towards someone or something it’s easier to focus on how to avoid the person or situation altogether; confronting those hostile feelings and understanding their source can bring you to explore yourself, transform the situation, and in doing so pursue inner growth.


Hostile and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: When was the last time I felt hostile towards someone or something? How often does this happen and in what circumstances?  Why do I think I feel this way and this strongly?  Do I think this is the only way I can feel about certain things and people?  Has anyone ever been hostile towards me?  If so, why and how did I feel about it?  When I’m hostile, what do I typically do?  How do I treat people and/or deal with the situation at hand?  What have I learned from being hostile?


  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with hostile at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. Now create a list of situations where you felt hostile towards people or something that was going on.  Next to the list of situations write why you felt hostile and explore each ‘why’ for as long as you feel there is something more behind that ‘why’.


  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about being or feeling hostile towards something or someone. Whatever stands out the most about the emotions that are flowing through your body and the thoughts you are coming across as you do this exercise are worth noting.  Allow each thought and emotion to have their time to run freely and just be.


Your turn – Share your hostile sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂


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