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