Do bullies start rumors about you?

bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller,
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These are techniques that I have learned in my life time. Things are worse for you than me.

Do bullies start rumors about you?

by bernardtwindwil

Never deny a rumor

The best way to authenticate a rumor is to deny it. People want to believe they have heard a secret. If you deny it, they believe it. It's a secret.

When you hear a rumor about you...

Rumors are usually wildly unbelievable. When you say, "Yup that's me!" then you remove the mystique of the rumor. It is no longer sexy. When you vigorously defend, you reinforce the mystique.

Another method to debunk rumors...

Laugh! Say something like, "Wow, no kidding. I wish that were true. I would be the coolest person alive." No one wants to be ridiculed. Don't practice this at home.

An effective counter-attack...

Deny a rumor about some bully. You say, "You know I heard that Gigletybumps fries earthworms for breakfast. But I don't believe it. It couldn't be true, could it?"

Disinformation is what this is called.

Did information is rampant today and it will be worse tomorrow. In my youth disinformation would not spread beyond the 300 people in my high school. Now it can reach every corner of Earth.

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8 months agoReply
Sage advice, bernard.

8 months agoReply
Nice post it reminds me of Chinese whispers by the time the story gets back to you it bairs no resemblance what so ever to the original message

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8 months agoReply
@pluzoo You cannot stop bullying but you can take the fun out of it.

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8 months agoReply
@LostInMyDreams That is also a great technique.

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Great tips! I just tell people "Maybe or maybe not." And leave them with that. I don't have time to argue with people who already have their minds made up.

8 months agoReply
wow this is really really amazing advice!