Here are some guidelines that may help you handle the adult bully in your life: Call it what it is. If your boss, partner, co-worker, or anyone else bullies you, consciously acknowledge to yourself. An adult bully is much more subtle than their “give ‘em a swirly,” “that’s so fetch” teen counterparts. They know how to poke and prod without .
The good news is that it’s completely possible to respond to an adult bully in a calm, mature way and shut down their bullying behavior. If they still keep bothering you, there are other things you can do to get the bullying to stop and feel more assertive and confident when you’re around them. Part 1. Research at Duke University shows that adults who bully often have had troubled childhoods and can be victims of abuse or bullying themselves. They also suffer the .
Curiously, while adult bullying is fairly common (some studies say it’s as common as childhood bullying), it doesn't make its way into our conversations as frequently as . If you truly believe you are dealing with an adult bully, then let their silent treatment be the demise of your relationship. There’s no need to have the tough conversation if you don’t want to be apart of the relationship anymore. Walk away and let their behavior be the nail in the coffin.