Standing up for yourself is not  always easy. Sometimes if the person you need to stand up to is a girl, it can be hard to draw the line between being disrespectful to her and being disrespectful to yourself. Here are some steps that may help.

  • Remember that just because someone is a girl doesn’t give her a right to be mean. They have as much of an obligation to be respectful as anyone else. However, if she is not respectful, you may have to turn on your heel and walk away.
  • Learn how to stay calm. This is the most important thing, especially if you tend to get nervous around girls. Silently count backwards from ten instead of reacting by blurting out something you may regret.
  • Talk to her like you would talk to a normal friend. She is normal, after all.
  • Listen carefully to her version. A conversation is a two-way street, as the saying goes. Do you want a conversation with her or are you giving a one-sided speech?
  • Speak to her with sincerity. You have to believe in what you are saying or it won’t sound true to your feelings.

 

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