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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

YES IT IS

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#5

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

Wish my Mother in law understood this.

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#7

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Daria B
Community Member
2 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
2 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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H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

This year has illustrated that quite clearly

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#10

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Monday
Community Member
2 months 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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Fish Boden
Community Member
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

I felt this one.

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#15

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

This is the hardest pill to swallow

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#19

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Ray Martin
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

Everyone in BP should see this

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#21

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 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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Woets
Community Member
2 months ago

It is the first step though

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#23

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

A lesson many will never learn...

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#25

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Daria B
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months ago

Social Media FTW!

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#27

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Ray Martin
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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#28

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noobmaster68
Community Member
2 months ago

I get this

Astrid Nineor
Community Member
2 months ago

Having worked in tech support I am fully aware of this :p

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, but sadly you're the prick that's always right. And it's so annoying.... " No, adding more ram to your virus infested laptop will not solve the problem..." 3 days later: "I told you...."

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H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yeah... I think I come off as a prick a lot of the time. I do try not to, but I think my personality is kind of grating for most people. Even myself sometimes.

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
2 months ago

Ah, but a nice, smart prick!

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

aaahh, but I hide it well.

Fernleaf6505
Community Member
2 months ago

my sister ;)

Remi
Community Member
2 months ago

You can't please everyone.

sebastian nye
Community Member
2 months ago

#1 pill right there.

Kent Fishburn
Community Member
2 months ago

No, just to be fair, I'm a prick to everybody, including myself.

Mauro Murgia
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't care. It's not a full time job being respected by everyone

Sue Bentley
Community Member
2 months ago

That's hard to swallow.

Jon S.
Community Member
2 months ago

I really, really hope not. I mean, I know I cannot please everyone, but I hope I don't piss them off. Oh except anyone who drives behind me: Yeah, I'm kinda slow, sorry about that.

PotatoNinja5000
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a prick to everyone!

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

This one made me laugh

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 month ago

perfection does not exist

Charles Christopher
Community Member
2 months ago

I imagine I'm a "prick" to a lot of people.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

True. Or they think I am because I stick to what I believe.

Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

And I know who she was. Everything always came out wrong, and the way I did things just was the worst possible way for her, but was usually the best for the rest of the team. I think she was scared of me, and all attempts to make things better just made it worse. I still feel quite badly.

elfin
Community Member
2 months ago

Quote from the tv show "Justified:" Raylan Givens : You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
2 months ago

Well them co-workers need constructive criticism at times.

X Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago

No matter how hard you try to be fair to everyone you are still a prick/bitch to some.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 months ago

I have been. I played their game and couldn't resist buying one ( or two) for myself. :-(

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, but I do that intentionally.

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Only on slow or off days. Usually my number is a lot higher

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

pfft, not me and if they think that it's not me being a prick.

Nathan Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm a prick to most people. Except my family, my kids, and my best friend, because I love her to pieces. Everyone else? Yeah, sorry lol.

Thenatural
Community Member
2 months ago

You deliberately behave like a prick to most people or most people believe you to be a prick? There's a difference...

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#29

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IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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Daria Z
Community Member
2 months 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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