I have SA and I have taken criticism very hard. I am working on this through realizing that I have a choice in how I feel about critical comments directed towards me. But, anyway, I've noticed as I've passed though adolescence that the insulting comes in a different form. Instead of the jerks of the world (maybe 1/10 of the population) insulting you outright and in front of my peers like they did pre-college, they now seem to do it in a kind of snide, under-their-breath kind of way. It's like after the comment is made you really aren't 100% sure that he or she meant to attack you. So, if you were to say something back to the person they could say that you're crazy that you took offense to that. Like, for instance, I was at a office halloween party and the most talkative guy in the office had some issue with me because I was the quietest one. Anyway, he walked past me and said under his breath, "You never talk". Then he walked by me again and said "You never try to make friends with anybody". I just stood there without responding. I wonder if I should have said something like, "Yeah, I'm not the most talkative person. You seem to really take issue with this. I'm not trying to bother you" Or, "I may not talk a lot but I really think you talk too much, so I guess we're even." I guess that's better than saying nothing.