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The Best Response to an Insult Involves an Ancient Philosophy
What the ancient Greek and Roman philosophy of stoicism can teach us about feeling insulted.

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Stoicism and insults

Stoicism and insults

In ancient Greece and Rome, the Stoics (philosophers that taught the value of emotional resilience) advised their devotees to let insults go.

The Stoics weren’t pushovers, they just kne...

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Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”

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Not all insults are created equal

The Stoics viewed an insult from a trusted friend or mentor as something that would benefit them, a real occasion for self-improvement that should be received with gratitude.

You should...

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Put yourself in your critic's shoes

Question your assumptions about your critic's intention. Insults are not always meant to be harmful insults are designed to be harmful. The line between an insult and a piece of well-intended c...

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Accept that you have flaws

To absorb more fully what’s being said about you and really read it as an opportunity for self improvement, work to diminish sensitivity to your own imperfections.

This means you ha...

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