I agree with Decius that when a new behavior is taken on, you go to the extreme and then come back to the middle. I know for me I have become strong in that I won't let anyone take advantage of me. I also spot games people play and I am able to extricate myself from the game psychologically speaking. But I think it is human nature to want to be liked and when someone, for no apparent reason, ignores you or pays you a hurtful remark, it can't help but be painful. It's how you process that pain whether you come out on top or not. None of us are saints. I guess that's why we have to be careful what we say so as not to hurt someone unintentionally. Our words are powerful; they can break a heart, or they can heal a broken heart.