How to Deal with Mean People

“People who want figuratively to bite you, growl at you, pick on you and otherwise chop you down are not rare. If you’re not prepared for people like that, they can punch big holes in your confidence and make you feel completely defeated. You need a defense against an adult bully…[the best defense is to remember that] ‘underneath he’s probably a very nice guy. Most folks are.’ Remember those two short sentences next time someone declares war on you. Hold your fire. The way to win in situations like this is to let the other fellow blow his stack, and then forget it.” (p. 57)

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