Many of us dealt with bullies growing up. My own experience with bullying started in first grade when the class bully pushed me into a ditch on my walk home. Thankfully, my protective older brother came to the rescue and confronted him.

Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t always stop once we become adults. And whether it’s a boss, a partner, a peer, a family member, or someone else, adult bullies often can’t be stopped simply by appealing to an authority (or a big brother). Standing up to a bully can result in retaliation, such as being fired or being abused by a partner.

Having worked for a bully, I know it can be hard to stand up to them. Because of their narcissism, their need for control, and their skill in manipulating others, bullies are often found in powerful roles, with few people willing or able to challenge them.

Here are some guidelines that may help you handle the adult bully in your life:

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Call it what it is.

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