If ever you ask yourself how to stop taking things personally, you are really asking yourself to look deeper inside at what is truly bothering you. Feeling stuck or victimized can reflect in every area of your life to get your attention. You may wonder what or whom you are really resisting?
When you allow other people to control your emotions, you give your power away. When you feel stuck or victimized, you resist your true self. That is, you do something your true self would not do. You create your own stuckness because you resist expanding beyond your belief or idea. When you are peaceful or accepting of the way life is unfolding, you accept your true nature, you accept people as they are and know it is not about you. When you experience negativity, emotion is pointing to something you do not wish to see inside yourself.
You may resist change because you think it is threatening. You may take things personally because you may forget confidence and worthiness are innate. The human side of you fears going into the unknown, fears what it cannot explain. It wants to go somewhere on its own terms, controlling the what, the where, when and details. The human creates an ego identity to protect.
Every moment you feel stuck or uncomfortable, you are pushing yourself outside of your self-created comfort zone. As you choose to accept whatever other people say about you without being adversely affected, you are connected to self-acceptance. When you truly love yourself without conditions, you stop taking things personally. What other people say no longer matters. Your experience or projection of the external world is a mirror of how you feel about yourself.