When someone does or says something that hurts me, I sometimes become angry. There’s a vague sense that I’m being attacked and my instinct is to defend myself.
I realize there are problems with this reaction, because most of the time, there’s no intention to cause me pain. It only feels personal, which makes it real in my mind. Given these facts, I need to be more careful on how I choose to perceive another person’s behavior.
After all, there’s very little upside to being offended.