I’ve always envied people who are impervious to criticism, thick-skinned. Tough people. Insults seem to roll off them like water off a duck’s back, as the cliche goes.
The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve realized that having thick skin isn’t always as effortless as it seems. Sure, some people are more naturally inclined that way. » Read more
I recently discovered an easy way that you can pull up your entire search history.
So of course I took the bait. I figured what better way to get to know myself? Seeing what I wondered about when I thought no one was watching. Take that, Past Self! Big Brother is watching you… » Read more
Born with a Target on My Back
I wasn’t allowed to be particular.
Growing up, only two people in my family were allowed to be particular. One was my sister Alice. Her default state was disgust. Dismay.
Alice was nasty. Particular. And catered to. She was consulted first on where she wanted to go whenever the family went out to eat. » Read more
PQ 7.4 — Do I perceive criticism in my partner’s statements even if they aren’t directly critical?
There’s always something to work on in a relationship. Because it doesn’t matter how perfectly the blinding light of New Relationship Energy washes over the creases and cracks like a giant flashbulb.
Eventually, » Read more
PQ 5.9 — How do I respond to criticism from people close to me?
I’d love to say that I respond with textbook emotional maturity when I’m criticized by those closest to me. But I don’t.
I take solace in knowing that I’m not the only one who struggles with this. » Read more
“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”
I’m amazed that an outstanding individual like you exists. I half-know it’s a trap when I see the compliment. A foot in the door towards a more explicit proposition. » Read more