The way I see it, no one is stepping on your feelings. You’re not exempt from other people’s judgments. You know that judging without prior knowledge is second nature to people. We can even form biased opinions by seeing a picture of a stranger for half a second. Of all people, you should know that there was at least a 50% chance that you would get that response. And the chances don’t change for anyone.
Think of it this way. When you get a negative reaction or response from people, you know that they’re being completely honest with you. They don’t pretend and don’t feel the need to do so when they are with you. It’s a sign that they are complacent with your presence and they regard you as a close member of their community. So you should actually be relieved that your bonds with each other are that in tact that you can easily voice out anything without having to worry about ripples in your relationship. Your relationship is built on that – trust and openness.
It’s okay to have conversation where you don’t completely agree with each other. Because you can’t at all times. It’s how you’re able to handle differences in opinion and stand and still get along with each other that matters more. So don’t be a crybaby. Don’t play victim.