More universal than you might think

All those years of spending hours thinking up that brilliant retort to their insults … and instead of that stunned silence of acknowledgement you had anticipated — you just got more bullying.



Don’t play their game.

Short eye contact, a nonverbal response of incredulity, and then ignore them.


  1. Tony Heskett said,

    1 November 2012 at 0:53

    I favor (and have used, with success) this technique:

    • andrea said,

      1 November 2012 at 2:47

      LOL, that’s a funny one!

      It depends upon the situation; many sorts of bullies keep escalating. (You don’t want to hear about the stairwells.) So one must figure out which method would be most appropriate to the situation.

  2. 28 October 2012 at 20:56

    Andrea, I wish someone had given me this advice when I was five. (Someone like my mother, but of couse she was one of them…) Thank you for this. It will help deal with the adult bullies too, because sadly they become adults but they don’t always grow up!

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