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  • Psychology Today

How to deal with Bullies

A bully is someone who harasses, humiliates, intimidates, pressures or is otherwise abusive and aggressive. They pick on those whom they perceive as weaker, so as long as you remain passive and compliant, you can be a target. It's important to respond proactively and effectively when your rights, interests and safety are at stake.


  1. Keep Safe - if you are uncomfortable with a situation, leave.

  2. Keep your cool and Avoid Escalation - confrontational individuals use aggression to exploit your weakness. By maintaining self-control, you leverage more power to manage the situation and turn from being reactive to proactive.

  3. Utilize Assertive and Effective Communication - effective communications is based upon mutual respect, and being assertive shows that you are willing to stand up for your interests and express your thoughts and feelings. Focus on issues rather than personalities.

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