How To Get A Tough Skin: Tips For Dealing With Negativity and Criticism

dealing with negativity
dealing with negativity
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How To Get A Tough Skin: Tips For Dealing With Negativity and Criticism

Dealing with like a pro and turning it into a force for good

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

No one is immune to criticism and negativity. Even the most confident people can feel hurt and attacked when they are faced with someone who is being negative or critical. It’s natural to want to defend ourselves when we feel like we’re being attacked, but this often leads to an ugly back-and-forth that does nothing but makes everyone involved feel bad. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some tips for dealing with negativity and criticism in a healthy way.

Remember when you’re dealing with negativity that it’s not all about you

One of the most important things to remember is that not everything is about you. When someone is negative or critical, it’s often more about them than you. They may be feeling insecure or threatened, and they’re taking it out on you. This doesn’t make their behavior okay, but it can help you respond more constructively.

Most people are always thinking of themselves, so it makes them feel bad about themselves when they see you succeed. They might try to bring you down to make themselves feel better. This is called ” envy .” It’s important to remember that their envy is not your problem; it’s their problem.

Envy is a widespread emotion, and it’s something that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. The best way to deal with it is to ignore it and keep doing your own thing.

It can be challenging to ignore negativity and criticism, but try to focus on the positive things in your life. Please don’t give the haters any power by letting them get to you. Instead, use their negativity as motivation to prove them wrong!

It’s not personal

Another essential thing to remember is that you don’t have to take everything personally. Just because someone is being critical doesn’t mean they’re right. You can choose to let their words roll off your back, or you can use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. If you do decide to engage with the person, do so from a place of calm and reason. Getting defensive will only make the situation worse.

When you get defensive, you’re putting up a wall, and the other person feels like they can’t reach you. This will only make them more negative and critical. Instead, try to be open-minded and willing to listen to what they say. You might be surprised to find that you agree with some of their points!

One way to be more open-minded is to practice “active listening.” This means that you’re not just hearing the other person’s words, but you’re also trying to understand their point of view. Active listening can be difficult, but it’s a valuable skill.

It’s okay to feel hurt

Even though you shouldn’t take everything personally, it’s still okay to feel hurt when someone is being negative or critical. It’s natural to have these feelings, and there’s nothing wrong with them. Just remember that you don’t have to act on them.

If you decide to respond to the negativity, do so from a place of strength. Acknowledge that what they’re saying might be accurate, but don’t let it defeat you. Use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

It’s also important to remember that not everyone will like you, and that’s okay. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try to. Just focus on being the best version of yourself and living how you want to live.

You’re not alone

Finally, don’t forget that you’re not alone. There are plenty of other people who have been in your shoes and come out the other side. Seek out their advice and support, and lean on them when you need to.

Ask them how they deal with negativity and criticism, and take their advice to heart. Find out what works for them and try to apply it to your own life.

Ask them questions like:

No one is perfect, and we all have to deal with negativity and criticism at some point.

The important thing is not to let it get the best of you.

Watch this great video on dealing with negativity

Use these tips to help you develop a tough skin and not take things so personally. Remember, you’re not alone in this! Seek out the advice and support of others who have been in your shoes. Lean on them when you need to, and use their advice to help you grow stronger.

You got this!

Randy Salars

Copywriter and marketing consultant. Freedom lover, adventurer, treasure hunter.