The phrase “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is often taught to us as children. As adults, we know this isn’t true. It would be great if what other people said about us didn’t have the power to hurt us, but we are doing ourselves a disservice by pretending it doesn’t.
Here is a simple 3-step process to tease out the reason why certain words hurt more than others and help you to identify the source of the hurt. Is it the words themselves, who is saying them, or who is hearing the words when they are spoken?
All three of those possibilities can add to the feeling of hurt. When you are able to recognize the different components causing the hurt, it will be much easier to tap to gain relief.