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Steps to Take When Someone Hurts You

If you are around people for a long period of time, you will more than likely experience getting your feelings hurt by someone. You could be hurt by a friend, a significant other, or a family member. When you are hurt by someone it can be difficult to know how to react to the situation. Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D., a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has some tips on what to do when someone hurts you. 

  1. Recognize the offense for what it is 
  2. Resist the tendency to defend you position 
  3. Give up the need to be right 
  4. Recognize and apologize for anything you may have done to contribute to the situation 
  5. Respond vs. react--learn to be proactive
  6. Adopt an attitude of bridge building as opposed to attacking or retreating 
  7. Realize you may be the target of someone's anger but not the source of that anger 
  8. Create personal limits
  9. Realize that even is someone has hurt you, that shouldn't take away your personal happiness

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