In our society, insults are a way of lowering one person’s worth and raising another’s. They are based on the anger that someone has about their social status and their effort to release that to others.
However, just because they’re angry doesn’t mean you have to be angry with them too. However, you don’t need to be silent either, as they will feed on it and continue their insults.
We realize that not everyone is kind and gentle in the way they express themselves. That’s why we thought we’d share some great responses to situations that make you feel insulted.
You Can Say, “thank You.”
Instead of getting angry and starting a fight with the other person, simply end your interaction by saying “thank you.” This will likely catch them off guard and they will have nothing more to say if their goal was to fight you.
This shows that you accept the comment and want to move on as if nothing had happened. This, of course, in cases where the insult is very slight.
You can stay calm and be snarky.
It’s easy to advise someone to follow the right path, but sometimes you feel like you have to respond after hearing an insult. You can successfully do this by coming up with a response that is insulting to the other person, but still very funny and sarcastic.
You don’t have to use equally offensive words, but a witty response will get the job done and make the other person realize that you’re not a punching bag.
You can acknowledge some of their criticism.
The other person may not be so negative towards you and wants you to know about your weakness. Their intentions may be good, but they just don’t know the right way to express their feelings.
In that case, you can accept some of their criticism, but let them know that your words should have been better thought out.
You can have a sense of humor about it.
Some people just want to hurt others, while others just don’t know how to express themselves properly. In any case, you can let the insult go and react in a fun and good-natured way.
You don’t have to show how insulted you are, but you can stay calm and respond. Your behavior can make them realize that these kinds of comments don’t sit well with you.
You can put the pressure back on them
When someone puts you in the spotlight, you feel pressured to respond quickly. However, it would be a great lesson for them to be under the same pressure and see how they feel.
Not only that, but by putting them there, you have more time to think about your answer. During this time, the other person will be forced to explain their behavior to you and talk about themselves.
You can change the subject.
If someone says something that makes you uncomfortable, you may find something else to talk about. This is generally a good option when a comment isn’t necessarily rude or offensive, but rather intrusive and too personal for you to say.
The other person is likely to follow your lead and start a new conversation about something else. This way you maintain your calm and avoid starting a disagreement.
What is your way of responding to insults? Do you get mad and start a fight, or do you pretend you didn’t hear anything?