When someone insults you, try to view the situation objectively and not to react emotionally. Focus on the essence of what is happening. If the person is being foolish, tell yourself you have no need to become excited by what a foolish person says.
If a parrot uttered an insult when you entered a room, how would you react? You would easily be able to ignore it. When a fool utters an insult, it is essentially the same thing.
If, however, the insulter is a wise person and what he says is true, be happy for the opportunity to improve!
(Reishit Chachmah - Sha'ar Ha'anavah, ch.5; Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.295)
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