#3 Don’t be so sensitive
In the wrong hands, the phrase “you’re being too sensitive” is almost always insulting. While it is true that sometimes an emotional reaction to a situation may be out of proportion, this sentiment is one that often passes for a valid defense or, worse, a cause for concern.
It may appear that everyone is taking everything too seriously at times. The worst move you can do, though, is to blow off a person who took your crude joke seriously. The way the world seems to you is considerably different from how it appears to others.
After being told they are too sensitive, people tend to question themselves: “Am I really exaggerating about this, or was that really upsetting?”. The phrase, “gaslighting,” has been used frequently recently and is inspired by an Ingrid Bergman movie from 1944, that refers to influencing someone to the point where they begin to doubt their reality.
If you’ve insulted someone, give them some time and attention, and perhaps you’ll actually learn some things.