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Tips On How To Deal with Bullying

Morgan Grace

We've all had someone in our lives who picked on us, and made us feel "not good enough." Sometimes, that person can be someone you work with, work for, or spend ample time with. These are lessons I've learned from mentoring Daniel, a middle schooler who decided to fight bullies with kindness & empathy:

1) Write a letter to your bully standing your ground
2) Find a mentor who can mediate conflicts
3) Shock them with kindness. This one is a winner!

GOOD: How have you dealt with bullies?

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    When I was a kid, I really didn't know how to approach bullies. I was name called a lot, and would go home crying often. My mentors and tutors made me feel good about my academic accomplishments, so that was my way of feeling confident, but I don't think I ever really thought of great tools like these. Now, in the real world, writing a letter stating what I'm feeling is the ultimate way to assert myself. Even if I don't get a response, I feel like I've standed by ground. Interesting you bring up kindness. I need to try this more. Usually, anger doesn't let me be kind often, so I should really try turning anger into kindness.

    • Morgan Grace

      I agree, anger is a hard emotion to transition into kindness. I think empathy is always a good "purgatory tool" to use, as it affords us a more inclusive perspective. After all, bullying attempts to make the victims feel excluded, so why should we fight back, refusing to understand or acknowledge their own struggles? I sometimes have to go through this anger-empathy-kindness trick when I'm sitting in Austin traffic and dealing with drivers making interesting choices.