Gentle bully blockers

Although you may be feeling frustrated, it is wise to begin with a gentle approach to block the bully. This is particularly useful if he doesn't realise what you are saying and may want to befriend you later on.

BE POSITIVE

'That was interesting. You said that twice today, and if you come back tomorrow, I'll let you say it twice again.'

'You have a different way of viewing things.' 'Have you thought about wording that differently?' 'I can see your point of view but.'

RE-LABEL OR RE-FRAME: TURN THE TEASE INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE

Reply: ' Well, I didn't have Vegemite™ for breakfast.'

Bully: 'Why can't you do anything right?'

Reply. 'At least I'm still breathing.'

Bully: ' I know something you don't know.'

Reply: Well use that in your curriculum vitae.'

Bully: 'Your parents are so old-fashioned, they won't let you do anything.'

Reply: 'They are being caring and responsible.'

NEGOTIATE

Bully:

' Go away.'

Reply:

' If you stop annoying me I won't report you.'

Bully:

' Gossip, gossip.'

Reply:

' Do you have a gossip licence?'

Bully:

' Hey you big fart.'

Reply:

As I don't like being bullied, can we discuss my options?'

AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE Bully: You are so pathetic.'

Bully: You've got rocks in your head.'

Reply: 'Well, I can't afford diamonds yet.'

BE THANKFUL: YOU CAN LEARN A LOT FROM BULLIES ABOUT WHO THEY ARE AND WHO YOU ARE

Reply: 'Thanks for the feedback.'

Bully: 'You're an arsehole.'

Reply: 'Thanks for sharing that with me.'

Bully: 'You're a real fucking bastard.'

Reply: 'Thanks for training me in how to deal with bullies.'

BAFFLE, BLOCK AND FLUFF Bully: 'Oh shut up.'

Reply: 'Why don't you eat a hamburger and French fries?'

Bully: 'You're such a teacher's pet.'

Reply: 'Kids love pets.'

Bully: 'Well, I'm not your friend any more!'

Reply: 'And I'm not your football any more.'

Bully: 'You are such an idiot.'

Reply: 'And I like ice cream.'

Bully: 'You don't have any friends.'

Reply: 'Yeah, I've got the personality of a used bus ticket.'

QUESTION OR CLARIFY

Reply: 'Where's your evidence?'

Reply: 'Shall I go back to my kennel now or later?'

Reply: 'Do you want to see the rest of my blemishes? It won't take long.' (show any warts, scars, spots, etc.)

INTELLECTUALISE OR EXPLAIN Bully: 'You're a dumb bum.'

Reply: 'No, my brain's in my head, not my bum, so my bum can't be dumb. Maybe you meant "numb" and mixed up an "n" with a "d".' Or, 'That's politically incorrect, I'm "verbally impaired and aesthetically challenged".'

Bully: 'You're an arsehole.'

Reply: 'Explain that to me, I'm only a layperson.'

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