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How should I react to name-calling?

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Last Updated: 07/19/2020 at 8:16pm
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Top Rated Answers
December 28th, 2015 7:46am
Don't care about what thy think, they just want to bring you down but if you show them that you are strong enough and don't care about their opinions you would be the happiest person in the world from my experience
April 5th, 2016 3:22pm
Don't let it get to you. Those people who sink low enough to call you names don't matter. They will be out of your life before you even know it. But you will always be there for yourself. Don't ever give up. They might not be able to see your beauty but trust me, it is there. You are beautiful in your own way. Their rude remarks only reflect on them as a person. They are not nice people. You don't deserve to be called names. I know how that feels; it really hurts. But it doesn't matter. Their opinions shouldn't have an affect on you. Just let it go and ignore them.
July 4th, 2017 1:39am
Ignore it. It's not worth your energy. Karma is a horrible thing. It will get that person soon.
April 8th, 2016 11:23pm
I say just ignore them and be the better person and walk away
May 22nd, 2015 5:19pm
Ignore it! Don't let others' negativity bring you down. They want to bully you. Don't let that happen!
December 14th, 2015 12:07pm
I find it best to ignore it when it's in public. The name-caller is often looking for attention, so I deny them it! If it's on a more private or personal level, such as a friend calling me by a name I find upsetting, I would speak to them about it to let them know that while it might have been a joke previously, I no longer find it funny. If in a work or school scenario and I am uncomfortable with speaking to the person individually, then I would take the matter to an authority figure such as my teacher or manager.
March 15th, 2016 7:16pm
sticks and stones name calling is a very hurtful matter to some dont react just hold your head high and try to ignore them
March 22nd, 2016 2:09pm
You should just ignore them. Yes it may hurt you. It can be very very hurtful. But you should ignore them or respond with kindness. That will always throw them off. It may be hard to respond with kindness but it is one of the best things to do.
September 13th, 2016 8:21pm
Feel good that you don't do anything like that. Feel proud over that and hug your best friend or lover or anyone who matters and just say i love you idiot!
March 3rd, 2015 6:58pm
Directly tell the person: "It made me feel (your emotion) when you (hurtful thing they said)." It is the most direct way to get your point across to somebody, if that's what you are trying to do. If you name-call back, you are just feeding your energy and it becomes more difficult to backtrack.
May 20th, 2015 2:17am
The best way is to not give it a response. Pretend you don't care. Sooner or later the person will quit. Reacting to it only fuels their desire to destabilize you.
September 7th, 2015 1:08am
Name calling can be very difficult to deal with and it can be very hard to not react. Choosing to react or not react is very personal to you, however I would ask you to consider what you want from the situation. Do you want the name calling to stop? Do you want them to know how you feel? What do you want?
October 10th, 2016 6:03pm
Name calling can evoke a lot of emotion or can trigger stressful emotions that can play on your mind. First thing is to not retaliate as this can make the situation worse. If there is someone you can confide in, tell them immediately.
July 19th, 2020 8:16pm
I have been in your shoes many, many times. It really isn't easy. There are multiple different ways that we can tackle name-calling, such as retorting, ignoring, or telling someone about it. With ignoring it, the person(s) involved may get bored of calling you names and move on to someone else. With retorting, the person(s) involved may become nastier. With telling someone about it, the person told could perhaps put an end to it. There are many ways that we can go about stopping/reacting to this type of bullying. But, it is up to us to decide which one works best. You could try any or even all of the above to see what works best for you.