Inner Strength: Why Criticism Hurts – The Option Institute – Raun K Kaufman

Raun K. Kaufman, the Director of Global Education and a senior teacher at The Option Institute, explains the fundamental concepts behind why you feel hurt when someone criticizes or judges you and the way to use it as tracking system to learn more about yourself and your own personal self-judgments.

If you are looking for a self-help retreat, the personal growth and development programs at The Option Institute are engaging, interactive and dynamic. We believe in experiential training versus conventional lectures and seminars. As a student, you are not an observer, but rather, an active learner and participant. One of the most popular self-help programs we offer is Inner Strength.

Ultimate Training for Unshakable Happiness – An Intensive Two-Week Program

If you feel that you’re facing challenges you can’t handle or you want to examine and re-construct every aspect of yourself, come to the Inner Strength Program.
Inner Strength is the fitness program for the mind and spirit that will help you build your internal sense of power, passion and freedom. This program equips you with tools to put you in complete charge of your emotions and behaviors — no matter what is happening around you.
In the Inner Strength Program we create a way for ourselves to think and feel so that we have an unwavering, unstoppable, indestructible sense of our own strength, confidence, self-acceptance and clarity.

In this in-depth, 2 week self-help retreat you will learn specific tools and lasting strategies to build the mental and emotional strength to handle any life crisis with clarity and grace. You will foster within yourself the kind of conviction, supporting your own comfort and happiness, that doesn’t fade over time

Who Attends?
• Individuals wanting confidence, happiness and peace of mind
• Individuals who have tried talk therapy or medications who seek a lasting, non-invasive alternative
• Individuals who are interested personal growth and development for themselves, their relationships and their career
• Individuals of all ages, genders, backgrounds and nationalities

“I signed up for Inner Strength with a feeling that if it didn’t help, I’d be lost. Not only did the program give me practical, easy-to-use tools to help build my inner strength, it also helped me discover strengths I did not know I had. I’m now equipped to face anything in my path, and to deal with all issues with clarity and happiness. My life is no longer a battleground — it’s a playground!”
– Keith Hindmarsh, Chef/Caterer, Canada

“I really feel I am stronger within after participating in Inner Strength. Some of the things we did were so radical that they were like a flashlight in the darkness. I really liked the meditations we did. It made me realize that only I am limiting myself. If I stop limiting myself in every way then I am free to do what I want and I have started making myself free from my self imposed limitations.”
– Gaurand Khatri, Software Engineer, Japan

“I can’t think of someplace else in the world I’d rather be right now. I’m 44 and finally learning tools with which to navigate through life’s challenges. I’ve been going through life wanting to change everything outside of me. With the tools taught in the Inner Strength program at The Option Institute I can now change what’s inside of me. I feel like I just landed on the planet for the first time. Yaaaaaahoooo!!! I thank all of you for “being” the dedication, love, acceptance that you show us every day. I love being here.”
– Shayu Talbot, Community Service Worker, Canada

The Option Institute is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1983 by best-selling author (Happiness Is A Choice) Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. Located on a pastoral 100-acre campus nestled in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, our property offers trail hikes, waterfalls, wildlife, woodlands, elegant sunrises and breathtaking vistas. From blazing fall foliage and soft downy snows to the lush green hills and explosions of life in spring and summer.

To learn more about the Inner Strength Program and other programs at The Option Institute visit or Call in US: 1-800-714-2779 or International: 001-413-229-2100


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  • But, then, how can we cope with al those criticizing, Raun? Considering that people usually go STRAIGHT to the point when they intend to criticize, they hardly ever miss the target…

    Marco Antonio Alves June 6, 2020 8:30 pm Reply
  • Den här var bra också 🙂

    Lena Boregård June 6, 2020 8:30 pm Reply

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