You cannot be affected by others unless you let them affect you.
If you react to others you give them power and control over you.
If you have no emotional garbage from the past you won't be phased by anyone's attempts to get your angry or to belittle you etc.
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Noone can do anything to you only you can do it to yourself.
Just because somebody says something to you doesn't mean it's the truth. It's their perception.
If you are confident about yourself you can deal with anybody.
Don't give your power away by emotionally reacting to people.
Learn to observe and respond consciously.
By the way - I'm not an expert yet at it myself. Just offering my insights.
If someone is making you feel a certain way they are a MESSENGER for you. Just think what is the message they're trying to give you
If you're getting emotions about what they're saying ask yourself where from your past did someone treat you like that or say something similar or was there a similar event that happened in the past? There is always a connection between past hurts and current hurts.
Just remember words and actions don't make people bad people. It makes their behaviour bad but they're human like the rest of us.
A perfect human is an oxymoron!
Life is not a popularity contest. Not everyone will like you and that's okay. Not everyone likes chocolate ice cream. It's no big deal. It's the same as not everyone is gonna like you based on your looks. It's just about likes and dislikes.
That's my short preaching for today!
Add your own!