A few days ago, I received a Skype text message from Gina. She's one of my emergency online therapy patients.
She said, "Doc, I feel I'm breaking down. I can't help not thinking about what my friend said about me the last time we talked. I can't eat and sleep and go to work."
Gina is used to overthinking and overreacting to what other people say about her. She put too much attention, time, and energy into it.
As a result, she found her self constantly getting depressed, sleepless, crying, and unable to function.
Gina is not alone. Like Gina, a lot of us struggle with OPO ("other people's opinion") about us.