Alicia ThornePublished in February 2020 / Updated in October 2020
It’s not just you, rude people irritate all of us. Yes, they really suck, and they often leave us feeling bad and helpless.
First things first. You are going to run into rude people, accept that.
However, this time it will be different because you will know exactly what to do when you meet one of these despicable folks. This is how you take care of your encounters with rude people.
1. Say Thank You, With A Smile
They won’t see this coming. It will be so unexpected it will leave them dumbfounded, and if they are smart, they will also feel incredibly guilty for their toxic demeanor towards you.
Otherwise, this is also an amazing way to show them you are not tuning in to their rudeness. That will stop them right in their tracks.
Smiling and saying thank you shows that you are fully in control, unlike them.
2. Say “You’re Right”
Sometimes, this is true. Rude people can say correct things, they just don’t know how to package their message in a more palatable way.
So, if someone is right, even though they are rude, acknowledge it by letting them know they are right. This will make them see that you are above their rudeness.
Let’s face it, rude people often expect opposition to what they say, it’s usually some sort of a preemptive attack.
Laughing in the face of a rude person is hilarious, right? They will have no other option but to stand there humiliated that their toxicity is not getting to you as they expected.
4. Tell Them You Appreciate Their Point Of View
Rude people expect you to come out guns blazing on account of their rudeness. They get off seeing other people get worked up over their rudeness.
But when you are gracious, they get confused and that disarms them. They start thinking about what just happened and this usually humbles them.
5. Stop The Conversation
If you feel that someone is being rude to you for no reason, you have no obligation to be part of their toxicity. You can put the conversation to an end and move on to other things.
You can tell them that the conversation is over, and that you can try again if they can participate more cordially.
But if that fails, and you are feeling disrespected, then there is nothing stopping you from walking away. It seems rude, but in this case, it’s the only way to get away from the rudeness the person wants to annoy you with.
And there you have it: proven ways to respond to rude people and show you are still in charge and not subject to their negative actions and reactions. So, the next time you meet a rude person, don’t allow them to make you feel humiliated and disrespected.