How to Deal With a Sarcastic Person

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When someone sarcastic, it can make you feel uncomfortable or hurt. To deal with a sarcastic person effectively you need to know what to say and how to behave in response to their comments. Tactics like using reverse psychology or calling them on their behavior, will help you deal with their sarcasm.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Walk away. When a sarcastic person is on a roll with rude comments to you, just walk away. Don't let them use you as a verbal punching bag.

  2. 2

    Ask them why they feel the need to be so abusive. Sometimes questioning them about their behavior will catch the person off guard and they don't know what to say. For once, they are speechless.

  3. 3

    Ignore the behavior. Respond to them only when they are being nice. This works well with children.

  4. 4

    Respond with positive. Whatever negative comments the sarcastic person makes, reverse it with a positive remark.

  5. 5

    Keep calm. Don't overreact to their hurtful words. This approach works when you don't give them the reaction they are looking for. They want to engage you in the behavior, don't let them.

  6. 6

    Stand your ground. Let the sarcastic person know that you won't tolerate the way they are talking to you. Be consistent. Don't laugh at their sarcasm one moment and then be mad the next. They can either be nice or you will move on--period.

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