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Today when I entered in class, I came late due to the fact that I’m in flow that I stayed on telephone. And when I came to school, I asked Chemistry teacher to annulate my absence, and an ugly( inside) girl told me, “get out of here!” and that made me be very angry at her that I wanted to beat her, but I couldn’t beat her,nor spoke bad, such as “f@&k you, asshole!”( out of anger). And she looked at me with ugly face, and that really irritated me a lot.

CLARIFICATION

What I’m trying to say is that, that girl, my class mate was mean to me and she behaved in such that she really irritated me. But not the teacher.

Question: How do I deal with such mean people that next time, not to repeat it again? How can I make her changed her mean attitude?

Because, with some, she’s nice, only with me. Should I become very angry at her and act upon my anger?

How can I make in such that others won’t need to talk to me in such that it really gets me mad?

What’s my goal?

I’m want to know this so that I can stop doing whatever mistake I’ve done in past, so that in future, Mss. Ugly girl will not talk to me in the way that makes me to be angry at her. I want to have a good relationship as brother and sister( by helping each other in need, walking together etc…). Do you know what I mean? I only want to have all my class mates as my friends, not enemies. Because, my only enemy in my class, is that ugly girl. And by ugly, I mean unclean from inside.

closed as off-topic by Cashbee, sphennings, avazula, ElizB, gparyani Oct 24 '18 at 13:57

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  • "Asking "What should I do?" is off topic. - Questions should ask for help achieving a specific goal. Your question is asking for personal advice on "what to do" without defining a goal; this is too subjective. Edit your question to explain what you hope to achieve and how you would like to interact with the others involved." – Cashbee, sphennings, avazula, ElizB, gparyani
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  • But what’s the reason for being closed? Because now, I have clarified in a appropriate manner. – Alex A Oct 24 '18 at 20:23
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    If you want to know why the question is still closed, it will be better to ask on meta than in comments. As I read the question it still seems too broad and likely off-topic-- as written it requires us to imagine how this girl's mind works, imagine what she thinks of you and why, and imagine how she might respond to things you might do. All based on a single example that does not demonstrate that she hates, or even dislikes, you, and where the incident was based on you alone (you were late to class and wanted a special exemption for it). I don't see any IPS content here. – Upper_Case Oct 24 '18 at 20:27
  • This question is being discussed on meta. – Em C Oct 25 '18 at 0:16
  • Ok ok, no more down votes please. I learned my lesson. – Alex A Oct 26 '18 at 17:15
  • I'm glad you edited, but I'm still not quite clear on what your goal is yet. Can you tell me why you feel that the girl will continue being your enemy? Is it important to you to resolve this issue right away, instead of waiting? This is more of an intra-personal change you are looking for- "how to change myself so this doesn't happen again?" maybe you can think about how to change that to an inter-personal question, about approaching the girl and asking her why she made that face at you? I hope these suggestions help! – ElizB Oct 30 '18 at 3:29
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Ok.. let's just check I've got this series of events correct:

  1. You were late to class (because you deemed your phone call more important)

  2. You asked the teacher to remove your abscence/lateness from your record.

  3. A girl in the class exclaimed "get out of here!" to you (this may or may not have been related to your rude and disruptive behavior of arriving late to class)

  4. You wanted to beat this girl in response or possibly shout obscenities at her.

Additionally you have decided that you consider this girl to be both ugly inside and to have an "ugly face".

Should I become very angry at her and act upon my anger?

The answer is:

No, you should not respond to people you find "irritating" by acting on your anger, especially not when that the actions that you seem to want to do include hurling abuse or worse, violence at them!

How do I deal with such mean people that next time, not to repeat it again? How can I make her changed her mean attitude?

You can't control what other people are going to do, only your own responses to their actions. And I hate to break it to you, but you're going to encounter a few more "mean" actions in your life.

Feeling a momentary flash of irritation, or even anger is normal - actually indulging that feeling by giving it head space or emotional energy only hurts one person in the long run - and that's you.

You can't control other people's actions - but a good rule of thumb for reducing the instances where people are "mean" to you is by being considerate of others, and that is something you can control.

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Emotions are opinions. Emotions are not right or wrong, they are harmful or helpful. Sometimes it is very tempting to react on an emotion such as anger and it is very important not to suppress our emotions or ignore them.

The fact it's generally not a great idea to suppress our emotions does not mean we should always act on them. Another option you have is acknowledging them and processing them.

You are not just your emotions and you are not your thoughts. If a girl irritates you in class you do not have to choose to act on it (which could be harmful).

Think and stop about what you actually want.

The situation of being talked down to in front of the class is challenging, hard and angering. Your feelings make sense and are legitimate.

Please try to see things from her perspective. Do not assume the girl was being mean on purpose or that she is not a decent human being. Always try to assume good faith.

Definitely do not resort to physical (or verbal) violence - it sounds very tempting and like it would help you deal with your emotions but it would likely accomplish the opposite result and just make you angrier.

What you should do

First of all. I would avoid things like "Should I get angry?". You did get angry - that's fine, anger is a natural and healthy part of life. Try to accept your emotions and own them - you do not have to feel guilty and ashamed for being angry. Not ever and not in this particular instance (which is quite angering!).

This is hard - typically a healthy routine (regular sleep, healthy food, exercise) really helps with being balanced and being better at accepting our feelings.

I've also found meditation to help a lot with this. There are some apps (like Headspace and Calm) you can check out and there are online tutorials that help with this.

You don't have to do anything

You can (and should) acknowledge your anger and the fact you were in an annoying situation but you don't actually have to do anything about it. This wasn't your fault and was not in your control.

Also about being late - sometimes we are late, don't judge yourself too harshly because of it and don't label yourself as "someone who is late". Try to figure out why you were late and see if you can address that part. It might be organisational skills or time management skills you can work on (when I was in school I had neither).

If you still want to do something

Do not blame the girl for being "mean" (or "nice"). Putting labels on people, even if they are positive isn't great since it puts them in a box. She is just who she is - she isn't "mean" or "nice" she might just do mean or nice things sometimes and maybe sometimes she is aware of it.

Instead if you want to address it with her I would try something like:

Hey, today in class I was very stressed because I got in late. I was very anxious to get in time. I consider you a person who does nice and kind things often. When you shouted "get out of here!" at me in class it made me feel very unwelcome and it made me hurt and angry. Do you think we can sit down together for 30 minutes and you can explain why you did that to me? I promise not to be judgmental and listen.

Sharing feelings and showing vulnerability was way above my ability when I was in school and it took me years to be able to have this sort of conversation. So remember you don't have to do this and if you don't that's absolutely fine.

Now, if she says "yes" then sit down and listen. Accepting criticism is hard but remember - the goal here isn't to "win" vs. the girl but to improve yourself and resolve the situation. Do not attack her, do not disagree with her criticism - just listen.

If you want to do something and don't want to talk to her

You can talk to your teacher:

Hey, when X told me "get out of here!" today it made me feel very angry. I feel like I have issues in class and am struggling. It made me feel unwelcome and insecure about my place in class and it made the class room feel very hostile and unwelcoming to me. I was already very anxious and stressed because I was late (which is something I am struggling with and working on).

I think this isn't a great option because it deprives you of the opportunity to deal with your issues with the girl or yourself directly (again, you don't have to do anything and your feelings are valid and normal).

It's perfectly valid - remember to focus on solving the issue (and not winning).

I would really focus on what you want to accomplish. You deserve to feel safe and be happy in school. School is a very challenging and stressful time for a lot of people (it was for me).

  • Also Alex, I want to add that if you find some of the things in the answer hard or objectionable that's also fine. I'm giving out advice that applied to me when I was 18 but that doesn't mean I'd take it. People change when they want to change, after they've weighted the pros and cons and it's a very gradual process. Working on yourself takes time and it's a journey and not a one-time thing. If there is one thing you take from my answer I hope it's: try to be more compassionate and kind to yourself. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Oct 24 '18 at 10:04
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    thanx for the advice. I’ll try to do as you say. – Alex A Oct 24 '18 at 11:59

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