On some deep level, relatively harmless comments touch a raw nerve that exposes our insecure self. While on the outside we may overreact defensively with indignation, or clam-up and withdraw in silence, inside we become an emotional mess. As simple as it may sound, there isn’t a more effective remedy to the emotional complications caused by being overly-sensitive than to stop taking oneself and life so seriously.
Humor is your best weapon against the insults, imagined or real, that others may level at you. Be rational! What does it matter what this one whispers about you, or what rumors that one spreads behind your back?
Rebbe Nachman revealed in Likutei Moharan, (Vol. 1, Chap 34): every single person possesses a unique trait or talent not shared by anyone else.
Furthermore, when you celebrate your own individuality, by taking pride in this unique quality and going with it, your confidence level automatically rises to such a healthy degree that rejection and criticism by others just slide-off you. How empowering!
Adapted from Don’t Take It Personally: Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and of His Student Rabbi Nossan of Breslov, by Mohorosh HaKodesh Breslov