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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:02 PM
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37. Oh, don't be a sourpuss--just ruin their fun with a smile!
No person on this earth can make you feel bad without your permission. Don't give 'em permission. You don't have to fight with them, just use pleasant coping strategies that will noodge them.

"I don't want to talk politics." Repeat, with a smile and even a laugh, if they persist. If they keep trying to bust your chops, that's when you double over with laughter--and bet them a token amount, say, a dollar, that they can't go the day without mentioning a political figure or a political argument. If they're at all competitive, they'll bust a gut to prove you wrong. Be sure to pay up cheerfully if they keep their word.

"My priest/rabbi/minister has told me to avoid speaking about politics on this day of thanks." Religion works brilliantly to shove in the face of a rightwinger.

"I'm so happy that you're pleased with your political views. I want to watch football now."

"I don't know anything about that." If pressed, "I don't know anything about that--and no offense, I'm really not interested. How about those Patriots?"

It's like training a dog. You don't lose your temper, and you often have to "lather, rinse, repeat." Keep at it. You CAN have your way, with a smile, too.

Once they realize that you're no damn fun, they'll leave you be. They bug you for one main reason--because you REACT. Take away the reward, and that's that!

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