How to deal with people who make fun of you

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How to deal with people who make fun of you

If a complete stranger made fun of you it would be extremely easy to reply back shouting at him and telling him that he doesn’t have the right to do so but what about people you barley know who make fun of you?

In such a situation replying back in an aggressive way would make you look unstable while in the same time doing nothing might encourage those people to make fun of you all the time.

In this article I will explain the right way to deal with people who make fun of you without being either passive or aggressive.

The right way to deal with people who make fun of you

  • Never defend yourself: If someone made fun of your shirt you should never defend your position by trying to explain why the shirt looks that way because by doing so you are telling him that you agree with his opinion!!
  • Sting like a bee: If you replied back immediately and right away this person will think twice before attempting to make fun of you once again. Your reply should focus on attacking the person and not on defending yourself. for example if he made fun of your shirt make fun of his trousers right away. (Him: your shirt looks awful You: yes but compared to your trousers it’s a master piece)
  • Throw a Psychological Shock bomb: when you tell someone about the emotion that was behind his behavior he usually experiences a sudden shock. For example if you pointed to someone indirectly that he is doing a certain behavior out of jealousy he will try to not do that action again not to appear jealous. For example if someone made fun of you in front of others you could reply saying (respect is earned man, you can’t force those people to respect you by trying to make fun of someone else in front of them).
  • Leave right after the strike: Usually when the person recovers from your attack he will become eager to reply back once again that’s why the best thing you can do is to leave right after replying successfully. By doing so you will make sure that this person would be feeling defeated until your next meeting
  • Cmon man, do you still remember that??: if you returned back three days after making a successful strike then the person tried to make fun of you once again reply saying "oh my God, i can't believe that you are still pissed off since last time ,Didn’t knew I hurt you that much, sorry!!
  • Same words different meaning: If the person tried to make fun of you in a real mean way you can reply back with words that appear to be positive but that have bigger meanings behind them, for example if someone tried to make fun of you as a response to your attack reply telling him "Sorry man, didn’t knew that you were that sensitive and that you were pissed off" The word sensitive is a good word but he will interpret it in a different way.

Use this information wisely please

In the Solid Self confidence program i explained how replying back assertively to people who make fun of you is an essential step for building self respect and self confidence.

You must stop those who try to make fun of you but in the same time you shouldn't use any of these tips against harmless people. I do my best not to make fun of anybody and to forgive people whenever possible but because the world has some mean people who can make fun of you in a bad way its good to learn these skills just to be able to defend yourself whenever needed.

don't use this information to attack close friends or peaceful people but use it with those who deserve it.

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