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

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

backwards_savage_ Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

ASinglePieceOfToiletPaper Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

theschoolofsocialvalue Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments

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

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

hard.pills.to.swall0w Report

Fernleaf6505
Community Member
1 month ago

YES IT IS

View more comments
#5

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

awkwardpotatoo Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

mgrayv11 Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#7

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

rexxar-tc Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#8

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

xrancorx Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#9

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

StorkSlayer Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

Nickard Report

Fish Boden
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#12

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

petey_public Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

heratiio_sherwood Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

-eDgAR- Report

ChimeraBubbles
Community Member
1 month ago

I felt this one.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

dairyfreediva Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#16

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

Stanzeil Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#17

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

supportivefathers Report

H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

SiepieJR Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

View More Replies...
View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#19

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

istherenofuckingusernameleft Report

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.

Romenriel
Community Member
1 month ago

If you keep ridiculing people, they will become defensive and stand their ground ever stronger. Just saying.

Load More Replies...
H Edwards
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, people believe that they are smart and special because they know that the earth is round etc? I think my comment on this one is that you're not wise and insightful because you know how to follow a meme format.

Clever Dog
Community Member
1 month ago

sadly common is less common than it was.

M O'Connell
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm all-for challenging long-standing perceptions of how things should be, but arguing with basic scientific observations that have been well-understood since ancient times is just ludicrous. Heck, Eratosthenes calculated the diameter of the earth using basic trigonometry.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

Belief is fine. Belief against evidence is the definition of stupidity. Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity will kill you.

Danieletc
Community Member
1 month ago

Believing that correcting people by pointing out the earth is not technically round, but more of a craggy oblate spheroid just makes me kinda annoying.

Jon S.
Community Member
1 month ago

It's one of the roundest objects in nature we have measured. It is more round and less craggy than say, a billiard ball. And so spherical that the oblateness isn't visible with the naked eye at any distance.

Load More Replies...
Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
1 month ago

Knowing the earth is round or vaccines work is one thing. Understanding why the earth is round(oblate spheroid) and how vaccines work makes it ok to think you're smart!

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 month ago

Who would have believed that using talcum powder could cause cancer? I am up in years hen we were growing up that was part of diaper changes. We certainly wouldn't have wanted to gamble our babies future, I think the running dilema is that we never know until it's too late what might come of many things after years or decades, especially as regards medicine.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

"knowing" , however, is better than believing. What you know is yours and unshakable. What you believe is usually someone else's, they gave the belief to you before you had a mind to think, and when confronted with information to the contrary you will (usually) either defend without question (even if you suspect your belief might be wrong) or have some kind of crisis. Better to believe nothing and desire to know...

Robert Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

It should read : "Knowing the earth is round or that vaccinations work" not "believing"- belief doesn't enter into these things - they are facts .

Akash GG
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, common sense is not so common, unfortunately...

fainasKeturatis
Community Member
1 month ago

simple curriculum. And curriculum helps you become just a lytl beet SMARTEAR.

Davor Jelacic
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh wait for it, in a few generations it WILL make you special

Nia
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Uhm.... okay. The word believe is thrown around too much too. I don’t “believe “ in science. It’s a fact until proven otherwise. Also I got a flu shot last year and spent two days with the flu. The damned shot worked, just gave me flu symptoms.

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
4 weeks ago

No but the alternative is just ridiculous!

Isabella
Community Member
1 month ago

There is no "believing" - those are facts. Not a matter of any discussion.

Andy Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

COMMON SENSE..IS NOT COMMON.

matthew owen
Community Member
1 month ago

Science doesn't require you to believe, its not a religion. You can go out, make your own observations, measurements and then prove or disprove anything.

M Dream
Community Member
1 month ago

so true!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

Common sense is such a rare commodity though...

Paulene
Community Member
1 month ago

maybe

Mark Kelly
Community Member
1 month ago

Not believing those makes you special.

John Doe AKA "READ MY DAMN COMMENT OR REPLY BEFORE YOU DISLIKE!" 1 month ago

Honestly, why is this one here? Anyone with a decent amount of reason and intelligence knows this.

Lloyd Vandever
Community Member
1 month ago

People that believe vaccines are safe have never read the test trial results.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
3 weeks ago

They are generally much safer than measles, smallpox, typhoid, malaria, polio, etc., you ignorant twat.

Load More Replies...
Kathleen Stringer
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Read #8, Non vaccinators know that Pharma did not pay for the over 4 billion in vaccine injuries that their product caused, it is the taxpayer. If Pharm would do a true double blind saline placebo controlled studies to prove they are safe and effective and stand behind their product 100% then maybe….. Oh and take out the retroviruses, the aluminum, mercury, the formaldehyde, the aborted fetal cells, the monkey cells, etc. Always Read the package insert. And don’t believe every thing you read about vaccine safety on the first page of a google search. https://www.vaccinesafety.edu/package_inserts.htm https://www.instagram.com/thetruthaboutvaccinesttav/

Diane Patrick
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Vaccine maim and kill. Look up the vaccine injuries page on fb.

Jay Loren
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

The Earth is round, vaccines do work, but they have not been proven safe in the amount we give at the times we give them. To NOT question this childhood vaccination schedule is very ignorant and naive. Most won't look into it, which is typical.

Potato
Community Member
1 month ago

You know what else hasn't been proven to be safe? Measles.

Load More Replies...
Fish Boden
Community Member
1 month ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

This is very weird and aggressive.

Leo Fragoso
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeh, I don't get that one either. Are we attacking people for beliving in the right things now. Espetially on the days we are living were such comon sense seems to be rearer every day.

Load More Replies...
View More Replies...
View more comments
#20

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

joemamma474 Report

postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

Everyone in BP should see this

View More Replies...
View more comments
#21

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

TheLloydGross Report

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.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#22

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

AlrightyAphrodite99 Report

Woets
Community Member
1 month ago

It is the first step though

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

wholesomememesplz Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

Charming_Preference Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

A lesson many will never learn...

View more comments
#25

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

Vovvy Report

Daria B
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View more comments
#26

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

warning.meme Report

Josh Tall
Community Member
1 month ago

Social Media FTW!

View more comments
#27

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

TheSanityInspector Report

Ray Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#28

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

BigMilk0 Report

noobmaster68
Community Member
1 month ago

I get this

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#29

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

kid_r0cK Report

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
1 month ago

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

View More Replies...
View more comments
#30

Hard-To-Swallow-Pills

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?

View More Replies...
View more comments

Note: this post originally had 65 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.