What is a word for someone whose emotions are not hurt easily? I'm looking for something more specific than 'robust' and 'stable'.

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    I'm surprised that this kind of questions are allowed. You need to provide a context. At the minimum a full sentence more descriptive than "he is robust/stable/stoic/thick-skinned/etc.
    – mhp
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 13:13
  • Hey! Thanks for your comment, I'm new on this part of SE, just followed the most common formatting I saw from google searches that brought me here.
    – Ulf Aslak
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 8:29

4 Answers 4


For example:

insensitive to criticism or insults.


How about stoic? It tends to mean "unemotional", but it can certainly describe lack of emotional response to criticism, insults, etc.

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    – MetaEd
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 18:36

What about imperturbable?

adjective: unable to be upset or excited; calm.

or phlegmatic

adjective: having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition; not easily upset, excited, or angered

or stolid

adjective: showing little or no emotion : not easily excited or upset


Insensitive could work, but unfortunately it has two separate meanings, so could cause confusion if it's not clear which one is meant:

  • not feeling or showing sympathy for other people's feelings, or refusing to give importance to something

  • not showing any reaction to something, or unable to feel something

A better word might be thick-skinned:

Someone who is thick-skinned does not appear to be easily hurt by criticism

Or if it doesn't have to be a single word, you could try a phrase like "immune to criticism" or "hard to offend".

  • unoffendable? it's a new one, would people get it?
    – Ulf Aslak
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 11:42
  • Insensitive tends to be used to mean that the person in question will tend to offend other people without realising/caring, rather than being about their own feelings. Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 11:45
  • @MaxWilliams Yes, I mentioned both meanings in my answer and that this could cause confusion, which is why I also included another, probably better, possibility. Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 11:48

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