You still have a few choices to protect yourself in a world that is increasingly insensitive to the feelings of others.
Mudslinging used to be reserved for politicians but now there are many victims including children, teens and adults who are bullied through the magic of social media.
- Never let another person record directly onto that “computer chip” we call our brain. No one gets direct access to our psyche except us.
- Even restrict others from getting into your head with a compliment. The safest way to accept a heartfelt compliment is to use it as more evidence to back up what you are already telling yourself. If you’re constantly telling yourself you are a caring loving person then when someone else hands you that compliment, consider it more proof. But when others get to say things directly to our psyche that we are not already telling ourselves, when they decide to pull it back, we tend to become co-dependent.
- The number one way to deal with hurt feelings is to take five seconds and remind yourself that it must be awful for the person hurling insults at you to have to live with themselves. A moment of empathy even if it is not deserved, changes the way you respond and allows you to not make it about you.
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