The template of the meme consists of two WikiHow stock images: one with someone looking at a bottle of pills with a label that says "Hard to Swallow Pills" and another with the pills already in the person's hand, ready to be ingested.

People download it, slap a text of what they think is a universal truth on the second picture, and upload it back on the Internet, waiting for upvotes. And we often have to give it to them. Quite a few of these memes capture some universal law, most of which we know but don't want to accept. Like, "some of your problems are your own fault, and won't get better until you actively do something about it" or "you can't make someone love you."

Bored Panda has compiled some of the most popular Hard to Swallow Pills, so continue scrolling, check out the memes, and upvote your favorites.

#1

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Jo Cooper
Community Member
5 months ago

One of my favourite quotes; going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.

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Clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Mary Lamia, Ph.D., thinks that the notion that one is “in denial” seems to have taken on a life of its own as an agent of many ills and as a catchphrase for people who dismiss the implications of their behavior.

"Although denial is considered to be a defense often used by people with addictive tendencies, its attributions reach beyond those struggling with substances," Lamia pointed out. "Denial is also attributed to people who do not want to acknowledge that bad stuff is occurring in their lives, such as those who are attempting to cope with a tumultuous relationship, a life-threatening illness, obesity, a loss, or anything else that one may attempt to disavow."

#2

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

I definitely agree with this. Come on all the downvotes.

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Sure, we can deny a fact, deny responsibility, deny the impact of our actions, or even deny what is really going on by hiding from our feelings. But according to Lamia, when we use denial to defend ourselves or cope with what we feel, we contradict the reality of a situation or attempt to adjust to a circumstance by neglecting its impact. However, the extent of someone’s denial may not really be the issue at hand.

"What’s important is not that people recognize their denial, but that they are able to accept what they are feeling that leads to the denial in the first place," Lamia explained. "If someone excessively and habitually uses alcohol to medicate their anxiety, for example, we might emphasize their attempts to dismiss the harm that their use of alcohol will cause, rather than focus on the emotions they feel that motivate their denial. If that person stops drinking, one would hope the emotions that were formerly hidden by denial, which often have to do with shame, would be exposed and accepted by the individual."

#3

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor people have to work even harder than others, just to get a daily meal and shelter

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We not only use denial to hide from any negative emotion, including shame, fear, guilt, or distress but to mute positive emotions as well. "Sometimes feeling positively may be just as threatening as negative feelings. We may want to deny the reality of our emotions, because accepting a reality that is uncomfortable, painful, or incongruous to what we expect means we must also alter our perception of ourselves. Thus, if you are in denial, perhaps you are simply trying to ignore the truth about what you actually feel, rather than about what you are doing or thinking."

But if you want to move forward, you have to swallow the truth.

#4

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
5 months ago

YES IT IS

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#5

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

This qualifies for quite a number of people, independent of gender.

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#6

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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#7

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

It's even harder to swallow the problems that are NOT your own fault, but it's UP TO YOU to clean someone else's poop to save your ass.

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#8

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
5 months ago

I like this one. Re-evaluate your worldview every so often, visit other places, talk to people from other communities, read books, and so on. It's character building too.

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#9

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
5 months ago

sounds like we all know that one person

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#10

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
5 months ago

And some pills. For the love of God, however hard or easy to swallow, send some medicines and shots to Africa so children don't die from friggin' pneumonia or malaria.

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#11

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Fish Boden
Community Member
5 months ago

Sunken cost fallacy. It can be so hard to let some things go...

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#12

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

True. And the nearer the end, the more I think of it. Viruses don't plan according to human made calendars. This could go on and on. And even after it's gone, the damage repair will still take a while.

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#13

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

This one should not even have to be a thing, but sadly it is.

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#14

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
5 months ago

I felt this one.

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#15

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
5 months ago

And you don't have to like everybody.

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#16

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Kit Tan
Community Member
5 months ago

And our obsession to social media fuels it

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#17

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
5 months ago

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#18

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postboredom
Community Member
5 months ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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#19

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Fish Boden
Community Member
5 months ago

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This is very weird and aggressive.

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#20

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
5 months ago

Even harder if they're your family. :(

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#21

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

The three big things needed in a relationship are trust, compromise and respect. Of course there are more like having each others back, liking the other person etc. Relationships are hard work, you need to make the effort to help it grow.

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#22

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Hans
Community Member
5 months ago

"But I liked 'stop global warning' on Facebook before buying my new V8 truck I need to survive on my suburban neighborhood."

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#23

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
5 months ago

That pill was pretty easy to swallow, I barely felt it.

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#24

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Dragonfruit'nrollerskates
Community Member
5 months ago

Give this out on valentines day

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is not hard to swallow. It's a relief instead.

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#26

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Michał Jastrzębski
Community Member
5 months ago

only if we show them that they will not be held accountable, like we do today. If law is to protect, it must always be bloody and cruel.

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#27

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ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes! An ex-tutor of mine gave me this advice - If you work on making your mental health better "the things that used to bite you in the ass will still bite you in the ass but it'll be just be a little nip and not a chunk".

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#28

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
5 months ago

my sister ;)

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#29

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
5 months ago

Tell me about it. I still feel the pain 6 years on.

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#30

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Fernleaf6505
Community Member
5 months ago

don't judge a book by its cover.

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