When something is important to you, you don’t want to be swayed. Don’t give up on the things you consider significant. It’s one thing to feel slightly uncomfortable, but it’s another when your integrity is seriously compromised. When people invade these boundaries, you have the right to speak up. Here are 4 ways to stand your ground:
Change the subject: When you’re uncomfortable, bring up something else to redirect the conversation.
Walk away: If you’re having a discussion (and even changed the subject) but the person is still nagging you, just leave. Say you had to run somewhere, don’t feel obligated to stay and listen to them.
Stay composed: If their words offend you, you’re likely to tense up. Acting out can put you in a vulnerable position for being attacked. Remain calm, but firmly assert your point.
Talk in private: When you feel it’s crucial to speak your mind, try to schedule a time to talk later. Addressing people in public about sensitive issues isn’t wise.
– Barbara Bent