It is not unusual for some people to cross the line of acceptable behavior by making disrespectful comments. Peter Quarry explains to Eve Ash that pretending it was “only a joke”, or not intended to offend is irrelevant, especially if the other person is hurt. Tips for countering this behavior include staying calm, describing the undesirable behavior and instances when it’s occurred, plus the impact that it has. It is important that the offended person ask that the behavior stops.
Disrespect (borderline harassment) often takes the form of:
- Offensive behavior
- Pretending the behavior was a joke
The person who is offended should
- Be non-aggressive
- Explain the hurtful impact of the person's behavior
- Ask the other person to cease and desist
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