That's a tough one. Acceptance of difficult people with no anxiety is a skill that develops over time. At least for me. I usually get really quiet. Of course, avoidance and not engaging are quick exit strategies for me. I'm not around a lot of people often. Not one on one. I keep my circle small. Not out of fear. I'm just accustomed to living alone happily. I love people, don't get me wrong. But when someone verbally judges or attacks who I am, I used to explain. I've learned I don't have to. And I don't. I just let it be. Inside myself I want to react. That doesn't usually help matters. I encountered this situation a few days ago. I did well, but towards the end I became frustrated. I wanted to flee. I reacted badly. I feel guilty about that. How can I gain skills to make sure I control my words as to not judge or say hurtful remarks. It doesn't happen frequently, but when it does I feel terrible. Even if the person was u kind. Because I've always owned what I do or say. Noone causes it. I'm responsible. Thank you.