Some people mistakenly say, "He hurt my feelings," or "He made me feel bad." But in actuality, no one can hurt your feelings or make you feel bad -- unless you allow their words to affect you. Your attitude toward an insult causes you pain, not the insult itself.
The emotional pain of an insult comes from what you add to it.
(Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Happiness," p.294)
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