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.

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Jo Cooper
Community Member
1 month 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."

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ASinglePieceOfToiletPaper Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month 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."

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month 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.

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hard.pills.to.swall0w Report

Fernleaf6505
Community Member
1 month ago

YES IT IS

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#5

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This applies to both guys and gals. Nobody is as kind as they think themselves are.

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#6

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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#7

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Daria B
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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#10

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reddit.com Report

Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm all for praying for those in need if that's what you believe in, but send a donation with that prayer.

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#11

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Nickard Report

Fish Boden
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 month ago

The flu from 1918 is STILL AROUND and STILL KILLING PEOPLE! It's H1N1. SARS is still around, even though it didn't even kill 200 Americans. This horror show will be around for ages because of entitled idiots.

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Sean Harrison
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate to say it, but 2021 is probably going to be worse.

ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

Years of ill health taught me that pathogens, illness, and disability don't care about your plans. That is a hard lesson. We will get through it though and that's a hopeful thought for me.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
1 month ago

Systemic racism is not gonna go away come midnight and neither is the virus.

S.
Community Member
1 month ago

The virus doesn't come up with an expiry date, sadly.

Animal lover❤
Community Member
1 month ago

Shh we're in denial

shemeowsalot
Community Member
1 month ago

this s**t wont expire on 31st december lol

N G
Community Member
1 month ago

If this is true then i want a refund

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Ain't that the truth.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

*Stuffs ears and sings loudly*

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

If we don't fix the climate crisis EVERYTHING is moot anyway...and it only be a whole lot worse4

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely true. That is because we humans have, quite arbitrarily, decided to give numbers and names to certain periods of time.

𝓴𝓪𝔀𝓪𝓲𝓲_𝓐𝓾𝓭𝓻𝓮𝔂 💖
1 month ago

:( awww....shoot.

A M
Community Member
1 month ago

It might be the decade 2020, not a year!

Jake B
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah cause 2021.

sorlag110
Community Member
1 month ago

The best version of this I've seen is: The s**t we're going through in 2020 didn't come out of no where, it's the accumulation of everything that led up to this point.

Zelda Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

For me, 2020 started with my oldest son passing away. At least this was before the restrictions, and I was able to be by his side in the hospital when he passed away, and we were all able to go to his funeral.

Sue Clifford
Community Member
1 month ago

I am so sorry for your loss. The worst thing in life is to loose a child.

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Eagle Girl
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

That is becoming brutally clear. This is more a hard pill with a shot chaser.

Leo Fragoso
Community Member
1 month ago

That one is the best so far!

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 month ago

All we can do is hope.

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
1 month ago

It also does not mean things will be worse. But I guess that depends on what side one is on.

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

So very true, they will just carryover

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

So right it may well go on for another year or so the last pandemic lasted nearly three years. The world changed completely as ours will.

Wordfloe-Acid-Test
Community Member
1 month ago

boooo lol. Upvoted cuz it's true, but damn.

Marnie
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay, I don't need this one right now!

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

It is possible that 2020 will be the good old days.

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

DOES IT MEAN THINGS WILL BE WORSE? CONSIDER THIS..IF THESE PEOPLE/COMPANIES, DISAPPEARED:PELOSI,SCHUMER, YAHOO, WASH.POST, HUFFINGTON POST, NPR, CNN,NYT, MSNBC, NEA. RUBBER ROOMS FOR TEACHERS IN NYC. WOULD AMERICA BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

Shut up your face

Buzz Covington
Community Member
1 month ago

Very true! People in the US are going to long for 2020.... just you wait and see!

Robert Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

True , but sweet Jebus , talk about kicking a guy while he's down .

Laura Maeflower
Community Member
1 month ago

I've been thinking about this. I think people will start complaining about the decade instead of just the year.

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
1 month ago

Shhhhhhhh!

avery31415
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes. Coronavirus does not have an expiration date

NWB
Community Member
1 month ago

dont say that.....lol

Alexis Barker
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone thought 2020 would be a good year, and look how it turned out! does this mean 2021 will be worse?

Debra Timah
Community Member
1 month ago

But the election year will be over, at least.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

No, it doesn't. All it means is 2021.

Alex Mont
Community Member
1 month ago

Disagreeee

ClaireM
Community Member
1 month ago

One word... Brexit!

Remi Flynne
Community Member
1 month ago

Meaning better or worse in your opinion? Your statement is unclear.

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Sergio Serg
Community Member
1 month ago

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True. Things will only get better when they put the terrorist rioters in their place and people open their eyes it's a communist organization. When people realize the media is paid propaganda and that the government is not the solution. We all need to u it's and not get brainwashed by the media and the racist narrative

Bill
Community Member
1 month ago

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Things will only get better if you make them. Being in poverty may not be your fault but it's up to you to fix it. I was homeless at one point and this worked for me.

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#13

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#14

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-eDgAR- Report

ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

I felt this one.

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#15

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the one thing every teenager (including me) has to understand. Not everyone has to like you, nor do they have to hate you. We just gotta let it be.

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#16

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is true, no matter how "woke" people say they are

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#17

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H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Smoking is a good example. Children of smokers are much more likely to take it up themselves.

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#18

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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#19

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Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

Possibly so, but believing that the Earth is flat, or that vaccinations don't work does make you stupid and deserving of ridicule.

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#20

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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#21

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month 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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Woets
Community Member
1 month ago

It is the first step though

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#23

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#24

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

A lesson many will never learn...

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#25

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Vovvy Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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#26

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Josh Tall
Community Member
1 month ago

Social Media FTW!

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#27

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TheSanityInspector Report

Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

It's also really hard to get rid of the mange, once you have it.

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noobmaster68
Community Member
1 month ago

I get this

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#29

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kid_r0cK Report

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
1 month ago

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

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digitaldegenarate Report

Daria Z
Community Member
1 month ago

A hospital in my city has recently received a complaint from the family of a man saved from covid complications. Apparently, they didn't like that the doctor who saved him had tattoos and a nose ring. Isn't it bizarre?

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