When we feel like someone’s criticizing or attacking us, we naturally feel hurt or stressed. So how can we learn to not take anything personally — including real criticisms?

In this conversation with Vishen Lakhiani, Don Jose Ruiz shares why we take things personally — and how we can stop.

Jose is a spiritual teacher who’s coauthored the book, The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery. He explains that society teaches us to take things personally, based on the false and outdated premise that another person’s opinion of us puts us in danger.

But we can reclaim our power.

When we learn to filter out negativity and personal attacks, we remove unnecessary stress, anger and sadness from our lives. We become stronger individuals.

And we learn how to be happy and healthy, regardless of what someone else says.

Watch the video to discover:

  • (0:49) — How to become stronger and overcome the temptation to take things personally.
  • (1:47) — Practical advice that can help you rise above any instinctual defensiveness.
  • (2:49) — A lesson from Jose’s father that explains how to be at peace throughout your day.

Check out the video to hear Jose’s personal experiences and advice on consciously dealing with criticism.


If you want to learn more about leading a happier and healthier life, we encourage you to keep an eye for Mindvalley Academy’s upcoming Masterclass on Consciousness Engineering.

This training builds on the concepts of Vishen’s new book The Code of The Extraordinary Mind, and in it you’ll get a deep dive training session on how you can use Consciousness Engineering to shift the world with your perception and accelerate your personal evolution in all areas of life.learn consciousness engineering vishen lakhiani


What’s your advice on this subject? Don’t hesitate to share your stories and thoughts in the comments below.

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