How to respond if someone says they don't like you

In life, you can’t be expected to like everyone, but nobody has the right to come up and let you know that they don’t like you in an abusive way. Someone who does that is a verbal bully, bullies usually don’t expect their target to respond, they purposely pick people who they think are an easy mark for their abuse.

If you are being bullied at school or work, you need to tell a trusted confidante who can help you with the situation.

If you want to let the bully know that you are not going to put up with their abuse, we have some snappy comebacks that will hopefully render the rude individual speechless!

If you can think of an even better comeback, leave a comment, and let us know.

25 Best comebacks to “I don’t like you”

1. I don’t hate you, I’m just simply not excited about your existence.

2. You don’t like me. Then get lost! Problem solved.

3. Don’t hate me because you ain’t me.

4. I am an acquired taste. Don’t like me, acquire some taste.

5. Great. mission accomplished!

6. I wasn’t aware that I was auditioning for your approval.

7. I’m not going to change who I am just to make you like me.

8. Don’t worry, I’m not about to lose any sleep over it.

9. When may not agree on everything, but we can still be civil an respectful to each other.

10. It’s just mind over matter. I don’t mind, because you don’t matter.

11. I wasn’t trying to win your affection.

12. Whatever. I couldn’t care less what you think of me.

13. Neither do I, an I have to live with myself!

14. You don’t have to verbalize every thought you have.

15. This may come as a surprise to you but not everyone actually likes you.

16. No one said you needed to like me.

17. That’s OK. I like me enough for both of us.

18. Fine, I’m not here to win a popularity contest. I am just living my life.

19. Great, get in line.

20. Join the club.

21.  Oh no, how will I go on with my life?

22. And how is that my problem?

23. Wow, what a relief, I thought you wanted to be friends.

24. You don’t need to, this isn’t a popularity contest.

25. I have to break it to you but nobody cares what you think.


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How to deal with it when someone says I don’t like you

How do you even react when someone says, “I don’t like you?” Those four words seem like the biggest human rejection you could ever experience.

Nobody wants to hear it, but with over 8 billion people breathing on this planet — you’re bound to hear it, at least once.

So, here are some steps to help you deal with the I-don’t-like-you scenario.

1. Stay calm and composed 

A lot of emotion comes out when you hear someone say “I don’t like you.” Hello, that’s a complete rejection right there.

Still, it’s important to calm and composed yourself. If you start acting aggressively and impulsively, it will not only escalate things, but it’ll also fuel their thinking that they were right after all.

2. Ask for feedback 

Maybe, there’s a reason why someone doesn’t like you. So, if the person who thinks so, wants to give you feedback on why they see you that way, take it.

Constructive criticism is not bad. On the contrary, it can help you improve and understand the perspective of others.

3. Respect their opinion 

Everybody has their own opinion and feelings, and they’re entitled to every single one of them.

While hearing a person say “I don’t’ like you” is difficult, you should learn to respect it.

4. Focus on positive relationships 

The truth is; you can’t make everyone like you.

Instead of beating yourself up on a negative relationship, concentrate on the positive relationships that you have in your life and strive to build more. Thrive along with the people who truly support and believe in you.

5. Work on self-improvement 

As we mentioned, constructive feedback is good. So, if you received one, you should try to keep an open-mind and use it for self-improvement. 

This is a great opportunity for you to grow and become a better person, you know.

6. Move on

Let it go.

There are situations that cannot be fixed, especially if the other party is unwilling to communicate. It may be best to move on and not waste your energy on people who are hell-bent on not liking you.

Famous people who have had to deal with people not liking them

Famous people eat criticisms for lunch, from all flavors around the globe. Yet, they chose to rise above the situation and become icons in their respective fields.

Here’s the proud list of famous names who dealt with people not liking them in the best possible way.

1. Taylor Swift 

Even global superstars like Taylor Swift have her fair share of criticism and backlash. Throughout her successful career, she has faced people who dislike her persona and music.

Despite the negative response, the songstress found more fame, using criticism as her main drive to get better and win more Grammys — which she’s now a proud owner of 12.

2. Lady Gaga 

From her flamboyant sartorial choices to onstage performances, Lady Gaga loves to scream it to the world that “she’s born this way.”  With her uniqueness, it’s no surprise that people may find her over-the-top and attention-seeking.

Not letting one negative comment hold her down, Mother Monster pushed boundaries, sold millions of records and has become an icon in the music industry.

3. Justin Bieber 

Becoming a superstar at such a young age, Justin Bieber constantly struggled with fame and that reflected on his attitude. Many people find him entitled and arrogant, receiving backlash for his behavior.

Overtime, the music royalty has transformed his image and has become a successful musician, businessman and husband.

4. Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey battled with backlash throughout her career. Due to her straight approach to interviews and issues on politics, many viewers accused her of being fake and insensitive.

But choosing to surround herself with positive people, Oprah never quit and managed to be more successful. She continues to use her voice to promote social change, encouraging people to step up and live fully. 

5. Ellen DeGeneres 

Being one of TVs major stars, Ellen DeGeneres has rubbed shoulders with many famous people in and outside of Hollywood. But with her success, comes the scandal.

In recent years, Ellen faced major controversy for being rude and insensitive to her guests. But choosing to own her mistakes and apologizing, the talk show host continues to encourage positivity and inclusivity even after her talk show ended.

Everyone will hear I don’t like you at some point

Not just celebrities with millions in their bank accounts, the reality is everyone faces criticism.

While you can’t control what a person says or feels about you, you can control how you respond to them. 

By understanding where people are coming from and working through that to continuously improve — you can grow and be a better version of yourself.

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Megan Fox had mean girls who didn’t like her in high school

Megan Fox wasn’t part of the in crowd in high school and had to put up with mean girls.

Megan Fox
Via Wikipedia

There were some evil girls in my school and I went to Christian high school. I was 15 and everybody knew that my aspiration in life was to become an actress. One girl came to school on Halloween in a black leather catsuit and everyone thought she was  Catwoman. She answered, ‘No I am Megan Fox.’ She was making fun of me. I didn’t say anything to her. I was really shy.

Fox ended up making different kinds of friends instead. The actress continued, “I’ve always gotten along better with boys. That rubbed some people the wrong way. I was not, ever for a second, popular. Everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that. I’ve had only one great girlfriend my whole life. -Megan Fox.

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When you are dealing with a person who says that they don’t like you and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.

Better Help is a great resource where you can talk to a counselor from the comfort of your own home. 

Taking care of your own needs isn’t selfish, and you will feel better in the long run.

Got any comments, questions or tips for dealing with a person who says they don’t like you? Share them in the comments below.

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    1. oh that’s a bad one, that pretty much shows you are desperate to just find something to say back, they could totally say something back that will leave you speechless.

    2. 1.who askt for your opinion ?
      2.i never even liked you
      3. My life suck’s because your in it
      4.if I had your face I’d sue my parent’s

  1. A good comeback for I don’t like you is “Well I don’t like you either” or “I don’t like your attitude”.

  2. Comebacks
    -I don’t hate you, it’s just that if you got hit by a bus, I would be driving it.
    -Wow. Because I care sooooo much what you think.
    -Oh you hate me? Good, I don’t wake up everyday to impress you.
    -You don’t like me? Join the club, there are weekly meetings at the corner of, f**k you street & kiss my a** avenue.

  3. That’s funny becoz I don’t like you either! Or Nobody asked for your opinion so I don’t understand why you’ve opened your mouth! Or Stop talking Gibberish I only speak English!!!

  4. Comment No. 1; I could have no hands and you still would be able to count how many f*cks I give.
    Comment No. 2; I looked everywhere; in my files, the library, social media, even in the trainwreck you call a life but I simply couldn’t find where I asked for your opinion. (Two roasts in one!)
    Comment No. 3; Tell me something I’ll actually give 2 sh*ts about.

    I have used all of these and obliterated the people who I used them on.

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