Rejection happens. From little things, like a driver cutting you off on the highway, to hearing a negative comment about your appearance, to bigger, deeper life events like not getting that promotion you really had your heart set on or losing your job all together.
Effective leadership is hard. It's a fine balance between making progress, managing expectations, and being heard. When it comes to receiving criticism from the boss or a co-worker, no matter how constructive it is, it can sometimes be hard to hear without getting defensive.
The thing is, most of what bumps into us in life -- including emotional reactions from others, traffic jams, illness or mistreatment at work -- is like an impersonal log put in motion by 10,000 causes upstream.