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Hi everyone I would just like some advice.

 

I am learning how to set boundaries with people I am meeting. I am also learning about how to avoid attracting attention and being 'pressured' into friendships or commitments. avoiding conflict best as possible.

 

I am currently working with a life coach but would love your input.

 

Please could you give me responses to these questions I face and I don't want to seem rude but I need nice 'comebacks'

 

 

1, A girl I just met for 5 minutes wants to go hang out with me. I have made continuous excuses about the pandemic but she still asks. I do not want to pursue a friendship or hangout with her. But she is a work colleague of my family so I will always bump into her in a work environment as sometimes she'll come over for training and stay for drinks. but I don't want to hang out socially. She has also started making excuses to come over more often 5 out of 7days. But I stay in my bedroom to do my work so avoid her like that. I have mentioned how she's overwhelming but because she uses work as an excuse my family members can't say no and I don't have any control over it.

 

2, When people ask for favours that I don't want to do/have time for - will you do my hair or makeup? As in go out of my way to style someones hair and use my products on them they aren't even people I would consider a friend. However, they somehow think we are. I have responded that I'm not a hairdresser and they should go to a salon. they respond ' haha its fine your great at doing your hair and makeup please' I then say 'I'm only really good on myself' but they still ask and pursue me.

 

3, People who try to add you on social media and then ask why you haven't accepted them. I have said I don't use it or active but they still insist I accept them.

 

4, When people who you don't know ask personal questions and try to give you advice. For example a girl I met asked if I was single and I said yes then went on to give me a 1 hour lecture on how I need to get out there and meet people. When I said I am happy and want it to happen organically she still wouldn't drop it. Making me feel like she was attacking me infront of other people.

 

5, Someone I don't know that well keeps wanting to offload their life, heartbreak, dilemmas on me. I really need to focus on myself and don't have the mental capacity or energy to listen to it when I am going through a hard time myself and need to keep my mind positive and happy. one example yesterday the work colleague I mentioned came over for drinks, she has repeated the same story of her fiancé cheating on her and cries (I've seen her 3 times now and every time she does this - remember she is in my home 'seeing my family members') she has other friends so she isn't completely alone but changes the whole mood and it really bums me out. Because its at home I can't watch TV I can't relax and I feel we all have to sit there and have a pity party and exchange heartbreak stories which I don't want to do. I listen to it for like 40 minutes but she wants to go on for hours and hours and doesn't go home until 5am. So one the last occasion I just made an excuse and went to bed which she then said I was very insensitive to my family member. I did not make scene it was 1am, and hugged her bye. The next day my family member said how the colleague thought I was rude and it upset her more. When I said Ive heard the story, its 1 am, I don't have positive input for her situation, I don't know her very well they understood. But I felt as if the colleague was trying to start something.

 

I am learning how to shift my body language as I can come across very confident (even though I'm not inside) but when I feel uncomfortable my energy changes and I become quiet (which can cause tension in a social setting) which I really don't mean to do - I am just learning how to handle situations which annoy me in a better way. But I am being tested recently with new people and its really triggering my anxiety to see these people which I have no control over. So I want to come up with some nice comebacks which aren't rude but make me feel confident to build boundaries with new people.

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I don't think you need a life coach at all. So simple if you're willing to step up to the plate. Practice in front of a mirror if you have to. Say "no" or 'no thank you" in a firm and polite and confident way -not strident -quiet confidence. Fake it till you make it.

 

No back story, no apology. And if the person asks again say "no and I appreciate that you would like this help and I cannot give that help. Oh! I have to go now - have a great day!" Or "no I do not have time to [hang out/have a phone call, whatever]. Take care!"

If a person starts to unload on you set a timer if needed -like for 3 minutes. Timer goes off - if you have to interrupt you do - "oh! I have to go now, sorry! hope things work out ok!"

 

I think if you're paying a life coach for how to say No there are many cheaper options -my input or Martha Beck has written some good books on the subject as has Dr. Phil I believe. No need to be rude, strident or "confront." "No."

 

You can control your reaction even though you cannot control others' behavior. Big deal if someone insists - haven't you ever had to deal with a high pressure salesperson?

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Ironi.

 

There is a great short word in the English language: NO. It works wonders.

 

You can learn any amount of comebacks, nice or otherwise, but there is something in you which these other clingers and freeloaders are perceiving and latching on to. What has your counsellor to say on the matter?

 

For example, number 4. Why would you give this person an hour of your time! You don't have to explain yourself to anyone.

Again, I am in a quandary as to what to say to you, as I have never really had those kinds of bombardments.

 

As for number 5 in your post, and I ask again what draws these people to you, you simply reply: "I am not qualified to help you, but I can give you a link to find a therapist who will greatly help you." See what I mean. And you do NOT smile ruefully while giving this sort of reply.

 

Perhaps an entirely different social environment and set of people, Ironi. Not one peppered with the clingy and those looking for services on the cheap.

 

You can do it.

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Yes I have and this is why I am feeling a little more 'stressed' because most of the situations take place at work or home only place I can go to is bedroom or toilet. But the person is still there. So when I go to my bedroom I can still hear the colleague and she'll purposely mention where am I why aren't I sitting downstairs. So I look rude. Whereas with a salesperson they go away, you can hang up the phone lol.

 

I have no control if people come over to the house because they arent my guests. I will start practicing in the mirror I need to build my confidence up.

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Hi everyone I would just like some advice.

 

I am learning how to set boundaries with people I am meeting. I am also learning about how to avoid attracting attention and being 'pressured' into friendships or commitments. avoiding conflict best as possible.

 

I am currently working with a life coach but would love your input.

 

Please could you give me responses to these questions I face and I don't want to seem rude but I need nice 'comebacks'

 

 

1, A girl I just met for 5 minutes wants to go hang out with me. I have made continuous excuses about the pandemic but she still asks. I do not want to pursue a friendship or hangout with her. But she is a work colleague of my family so I will always bump into her in a work environment as sometimes she'll come over for training and stay for drinks. but I don't want to hang out socially. She has also started making excuses to come over more often 5 out of 7days. But I stay in my bedroom to do my work so avoid her like that. I have mentioned how she's overwhelming but because she uses work as an excuse my family members can't say no and I don't have any control over it.

 

2, When people ask for favours that I don't want to do/have time for - will you do my hair or makeup? As in go out of my way to style someones hair and use my products on them they aren't even people I would consider a friend. However, they somehow think we are. I have responded that I'm not a hairdresser and they should go to a salon. they respond ' haha its fine your great at doing your hair and makeup please' I then say 'I'm only really good on myself' but they still ask and pursue me.

 

3, People who try to add you on social media and then ask why you haven't accepted them. I have said I don't use it or active but they still insist I accept them.

 

4, When people who you don't know ask personal questions and try to give you advice. For example a girl I met asked if I was single and I said yes then went on to give me a 1 hour lecture on how I need to get out there and meet people. When I said I am happy and want it to happen organically she still wouldn't drop it. Making me feel like she was attacking me infront of other people.

 

5, Someone I don't know that well keeps wanting to offload their life, heartbreak, dilemmas on me. I really need to focus on myself and don't have the mental capacity or energy to listen to it when I am going through a hard time myself and need to keep my mind positive and happy. one example yesterday the work colleague I mentioned came over for drinks, she has repeated the same story of her fiancé cheating on her and cries (I've seen her 3 times now and every time she does this - remember she is in my home 'seeing my family members') she has other friends so she isn't completely alone but changes the whole mood and it really bums me out. Because its at home I can't watch TV I can't relax and I feel we all have to sit there and have a pity party and exchange heartbreak stories which I don't want to do. I listen to it for like 40 minutes but she wants to go on for hours and hours and doesn't go home until 5am. So one the last occasion I just made an excuse and went to bed which she then said I was very insensitive to my family member. I did not make scene it was 1am, and hugged her bye. The next day my family member said how the colleague thought I was rude and it upset her more. When I said Ive heard the story, its 1 am, I don't have positive input for her situation, I don't know her very well they understood. But I felt as if the colleague was trying to start something.

 

I am learning how to shift my body language as I can come across very confident (even though I'm not inside) but when I feel uncomfortable my energy changes and I become quiet (which can cause tension in a social setting) which I really don't mean to do - I am just learning how to handle situations which annoy me in a better way. But I am being tested recently with new people and its really triggering my anxiety to see these people which I have no control over. So I want to come up with some nice comebacks which aren't rude but make me feel confident to build boundaries with new people.

 

Wow. Why are you around so many people that you don't care to be friends with etc? Are you in a job where you meet a lot of people? like how do you get yourself into these interactions?

 

I think you have to just respond to each situation honestly but kindly. that's what I do.

 

1. if someone asked me out and I didn't want to pursue anything with them. Then I say thank you and no. Be polite when you see her but limit the time. Hello but don't stop to talk.

 

2. I would just laugh these people off. Why would I want to do someone's hair and makeup? And that might be a good response, why do you want me to do your hair? and then laugh you flatter me.

 

3. who are these people? Just tell then you only keep your close family/ friends on your social media.

 

4. An hour long lecture from a stranger? How did you not just excuse yourself saying to have to go? I mean an hour is a long time!

 

A lot of these things might be happening because you let them. the trick bto boundaries is limiting your exposure to these people. if you feel these people don't know you, are not who you would like to be around, why are you talking to them at length?

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Are all these complaints about the same person?

 

1. Is this a friend of the family? Why is she in your family home?

2. If you are doing "free samples" of your products/practice, to promote your products/practice as free advertising, you can't have it both ways.

3. Go through ALL your social media and restrict your content to only those you know. Reset ALL your privacy settings and if possible, do not accept invitations/PMs.

4 Don't discuss your personal life/dating life with strangers in this much detail. Simply say "I'm talking to people", and change the subject.

5. Why socialize/have people over for drinks whose lives bore you and you dislike?

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OP. This is honestly quite beyond my comprehension:

 

"where am I why aren't I sitting downstairs. So I look rude"

 

I assume you are sharing a house with some people. It is none of their business whether you are in the bathroom, bedroom or hanging out the upstairs windows! Why would it be rude.

 

I am finding difficulty in understanding all this. In my student days I shared a property with four others. Never ever did any of us ever remark on what part of the house any of the others were in, or not in. It would have been unconceivable.

If people come to the house who says you have to talk to them, and less so listen to their dreary ramblings about their star-crossed love lives.

 

I also ask what Wiseman just asked:

 

"Are all these complaints about the same person?

 

1. Is this a friend of the family? Why is she in your family home?

2. If you are doing "free samples" of your products/practice, to promote your products/practice as free advertising, you can't have it both ways.

3. Go through ALL your social media and restrict your content to only those you know. Reset ALL your privacy settings and if possible, do not accept invitations/PMs.

4 Don't discuss your personal life/dating life with strangers in this much detail. Simply say "I'm talking to people", and change the subject.

5. Why socialize/have people over for drinks whose lives bore you and you dislike?

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I am still working on why I am coming across these people. So far my coach has said its not anything particular and everyone meets these people they just deal with it differently and that I tend to not deal with something that causes me distress straight away I am afraid I will seem impolite. my coach has said when I am uncomfortable I tend to laugh which causes confusion when I am trying to be serious and that I need to keep a straight face and firm tone. So that's what I'm working on.

 

Thanks for your response

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And there you have it Ironi. I thought as much.

 

"I tend to laugh which causes confusion "

 

Think about it. There is nothing humourous or jolly about these boundary tramplers and potential free-loaders.

 

It is no harm to cultivate a certain iciness of tone and glaciality of look (not impolite) in a range of situations such as you describe. It will serve you well.

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Are all these complaints about the same person?

 

1. Is this a friend of the family? Why is she in your family home?

2. If you are doing "free samples" of your products/practice, to promote your products/practice as free advertising, you can't have it both ways.

3. Go through ALL your social media and restrict your content to only those you know. Reset ALL your privacy settings and if possible, do not accept invitations/PMs.

4 Don't discuss your personal life/dating life with strangers in this much detail. Simply say "I'm talking to people", and change the subject.

5. Why socialize/have people over for drinks whose lives bore you and you dislike?

 

No these aren't complaints about the same person

 

1 - She is a work colleague who works with my family (I live with my family) - due to the office being closed she comes over to our house as its bigger to 'work' and ask for help as she's new to the company. I do not work with her I have no relation to her. However, because she doesn't leave she'll hang out and get invited to dinner by my family as they are all work colleagues and also have after work drinks.

2 - I do not have makeup or hairdressing experience or business. Purely complimenting me and asking for me to do their makeup and hair.

3 - I have privacy on all my social media

4 - Yes your right and I will actively make sure I don't discuss anything personal

5- They aren't my guests but try to socialise with me but I don't want to. I eat dinner at the dining table as its my routine and she'll be over for dinner invited by someone else. I am moving out in March so with the family till then. I think your all right I need to be more firm and confident in myself and not care what it may seem like

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Instead of being firm and direct, you are being passive aggressive in your response. For whatever reason, you perceive being firm and direct as rude. It isn't. What is rude is jerking people around with excuses.

 

Like when someone asks you to hang out, you are making vague excuses that imply that you will hang out with them and are interested in that but for insert whatever excuse here, so they keep asking. That's rude and frustrating both ways - to you and to them. The person you are stringing along like this is wasting their time and energy on you when they could seek friendship elsewhere. A firm NO can be something like, "Thank you so much for the invite, but I prefer to keep things strictly professional. Appreciate your understanding."

 

Can you do my hair? Nope. That's it. No explanations, no excuses, no justifications needed.

 

What you need to learn to understand is that people hear NO all the time, since birth really. You are not going to shock anyone by saying no and being firm about it. It is not rude, it's normal.

 

That said, it sounds like your fam has some very murky boundaries themselves if they let an employee come over to their house and then sit and listen to her whine about her personal life until 5am. That's crazy but also, not your problem. If it's something work related that you need to be present for, then do that. The moment the work stuff is done, get up and excuse yourself with "thanks for the meeting, I have something else to take care of." and walk away. It's not rude. What is rude is actually what she is doing - dumping on your family and monopolizing your time...also totally unprofessional.

 

It might help you a lot to fix what your definition/perception of rude is.

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It seems like not enough privacy to me and you're in a funk. You'll feel better once you move out and have your own space to collect your thoughts and feel more like yourself. It might help you rebuild your confidence also.

 

Saying no comes with practice. And most of the time inappropriate questions also don't require an answer. You can walk away, delete, block or choose not to associate with people you barely know. You'll be all right. Takes time.

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I will just add that I went through something similar several years ago. Learning to set boundaries is a process. You don't go from being permissive to drawing firm lines over night.

 

Everything you shared, to me, seems you are right on track with learning to get there.

It's not something you are accostomed to so it's bound to feel very uncomfortable at times.

 

Each scenerio you outlined, you made small adjustments to how you handled things differently that you might not have in the past.

 

I get the sense you are here looking for reinforcement and I think you are doing great.

It doesn't happen overnight and continue doing what you are doing, making adjustments here and there and at some point it starts to feels natural.

 

I was told once (in therapy) to be learn to be flexible because there is a difference between creating a block wall and setting a boundary. Boundaries sometimes call for being flexible.

 

It took me a long time to learn it.

You are doing great. Be patient with yourself.

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Unfortunately not much you can do but be polite to your family's employees/guests until you get your own place.

 

1 - She is a work colleague who works with my family (I live with my family)get invited to dinner by my family as they are all work colleagues and also have after work drinks.

5- They aren't my guests but try to socialise with me but I don't want to. I eat dinner at the dining table as its my routine and she'll be over for dinner invited by someone else. I am moving out in March so with the family till then.

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1, A girl I just met for 5 minutes wants to go hang out with me. I have made continuous excuses about the pandemic but she still asks. I do not want to pursue a friendship or hangout with her. But she is a work colleague of my family so I will always bump into her in a work environment as sometimes she'll come over for training and stay for drinks. but I don't want to hang out socially. She has also started making excuses to come over more often 5 out of 7days. But I stay in my bedroom to do my work so avoid her like that. I have mentioned how she's overwhelming but because she uses work as an excuse my family members can't say no and I don't have any control over it.

 

"Going to see my new girlfriend tonight, and I'm excited." Or "Have you gained weight?"

 

2, When people ask for favours that I don't want to do/have time for - will you do my hair or makeup? As in go out of my way to style someones hair and use my products on them they aren't even people I would consider a friend. However, they somehow think we are. I have responded that I'm not a hairdresser and they should go to a salon. they respond ' haha its fine your great at doing your hair and makeup please' I then say 'I'm only really good on myself' but they still ask and pursue me.

 

"It's $50 for hair. $50 for makeup. For both, it's $90."

 

3, People who try to add you on social media and then ask why you haven't accepted them. I have said I don't use it or active but they still insist I accept them.

 

"I'll check tonight. (And just don't bring it up)"

 

4, When people who you don't know ask personal questions and try to give you advice. For example a girl I met asked if I was single and I said yes then went on to give me a 1 hour lecture on how I need to get out there and meet people. When I said I am happy and want it to happen organically she still wouldn't drop it. Making me feel like she was attacking me infront of other people.

 

This is on you dude. Don't take it personally. She says to get out there because she's not having luck. Totally all about her. Just nod and smile.

 

5, Someone I don't know that well keeps wanting to offload their life, heartbreak, dilemmas on me. I really need to focus on myself and don't have the mental capacity or energy to listen to it when I am going through a hard time myself and need to keep my mind positive and happy. one example yesterday the work colleague I mentioned came over for drinks, she has repeated the same story of her fiancé cheating on her and cries (I've seen her 3 times now and every time she does this - remember she is in my home 'seeing my family members') she has other friends so she isn't completely alone but changes the whole mood and it really bums me out. Because its at home I can't watch TV I can't relax and I feel we all have to sit there and have a pity party and exchange heartbreak stories which I don't want to do. I listen to it for like 40 minutes but she wants to go on for hours and hours and doesn't go home until 5am. So one the last occasion I just made an excuse and went to bed which she then said I was very insensitive to my family member. I did not make scene it was 1am, and hugged her bye. The next day my family member said how the colleague thought I was rude and it upset her more. When I said Ive heard the story, its 1 am, I don't have positive input for her situation, I don't know her very well they understood. But I felt as if the colleague was trying to start something.

 

Do what you do when to stop a dog from licking you, just get up and leave. Even in mid-sentence, just say, "I gotta go," and go out.

 

You don't need a life coach - you just need to learn to be blunt.

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Tattoo, you beat me to it, lol.

 

""It's $50 for hair. $50 for makeup. For both, it's $90.""

 

On the rare occasions when I have been asked such a daft question, I reply: "I am very expensive. You could never afford me. Tina's Salon on High Street will cost you a lot less."

 

And a big yes to this T.

 

"You don't need a life coach - you just need to learn to be blunt."

 

 

Lol. And this comeback made my evening:

 

" "Have you gained weight?"

"

 

Now there's a show-stopper.

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Giving excuses/passive, is more rude than being honest. Being forward/honest with grace and tact is your solution.

 

Your coworker lady, : "Sorry but it would be best to keep our relationship on professional terms. Hope you understand."

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Try to squash your conditioned response that you are upsetting individuals by saying no to them.

 

It's helpful to remind yourself while you are practicing setting boundaries, you are more likely to gain respect from people when you learn to take care of yourself by creating healthy limits.

 

Think of confident individuals that you personally know. When they manage their life with boundaries my guess is you are likely to admire and respect them.

Those who are permissive or passive are those who get taken advantage of. They don't gain alot of respect by doing so.

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Do not make excuses because if you WANTED to see someone badly, you could still see them - on a date at the park or something.

So don't say you are not on Facebook a lot or its because of the pandemic.

 

Just delete their friend request and say "no thanks" about hanging out. If someone doesn't get the message, just say "no, sorry, i don't want to hang out with you"

 

If someone wants you to do their hair - say NO, but i can recommend a stylist.

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I think you're using the fear of coming across as "rude" rather than "forthright/genuine" so that you don't have to practice the simple "no" and can keep telling yourself you're the victim and also tell yourself you need a "life coach" - it's the easier way out for you, it seems. I agree totally with practicing saying no in simple and firm/polite ways. You'll get the hang of it!

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1, ... she is a work colleague of my family so I will always bump into her in a work environment as sometimes she'll come over for training and stay for drinks. but I don't want to hang out socially.

 

Break the cycle. Stop having drinks with her. When she's around, scram. Get busy doing something else with your door locked. When she tells your family that you're rude, tell family, "Yes. I. Am." And laugh about it.

 

2, When people ask for favours that I don't want to do/have time for - will you do my hair or makeup?

 

Name a high price for your services, and say you typically charge this now. If they complain, offer a 10 percent discount and hold your ground. If they don't like it, good--they won't bother you again.

 

, People who try to add you on social media and then ask why you haven't accepted them. I have said I don't use it or active but they still insist I accept them.

 

Delete the request. If confronted, repeat that you don't use it and don't want to. Rinse. Repeat as necessary.

 

, When people who you don't know ask personal questions and try to give you advice. For example a girl I met asked if I was single and I said yes

 

A question does not require an answer. Just respond, "I'm not in the market." Any blather after that can be interrupted with, "I mean, I'm not in the market for advice."

 

, Someone I don't know that well keeps wanting to offload their life, [...] my family member said how the colleague thought I was rude and it upset her more.

 

Respond to family, "If you want to put up with her, that's your choice. I choose not. Please don't discuss her with me--(laugh)--I'm rude and not interested."

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