They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when a friend continually copies you, it can be aggravating. People may copy your great fashion sense, your ideas, your amazing jokes, or even your homework.
If the copycat wants to emulate everything you do, there is nothing you can do to stop them. After all, it is a free world. You might want to stop sharing what your next move is and distance yourself. Stop posting all the intimate details of your life on Instagram.
It can feel like someone is trying to steal what is unique about you. A high self-esteem person doesn’t feel the need to hijack someone else’s identity; they are happy being themselves. Consider yourself lucky that you were born so fabulous that people want to emulate your way of being in the world.
Annabelle was taking an English literature class at university; her professor asked students to come up with their own unique perspective about a story that they were studying in class. After a few days, she thought of a unique point of view that would work for the essay.
Annabelle told her roommate about the class and her idea, thinking it was a private conversation. What she didn’t realize is that her roommate would share her idea with her boyfriend. In class she was marked down because two students had written a similar paper. Her roommate’s boyfriend was a copycat who didn’t have any original ideas of his own.
Here are few snappy comebacks to let the person know that you are on to their copycat ways.
What to say to a copycat
- It’s called originality, you should try it sometime.
- Thanks for trying so hard to be just like me. I wouldn’t want to be you, either.
- Be yourself, everyone is already taken.
- Maybe if you got your own life you wouldn’t fail so miserably to trying to copy mine.
- You were born an original don’t die a copy.
- Bitch, don’t copy my style.
- Be yourself, an original is always worth more than a copy.
- You can copy me but you can’t be me.
- You can copy all you want but you’ll always be one step behind.
- Live up to your own potential instead of copying someone else’s.
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Being a copycat can be very expensive
When Robin Thicke wrote the song “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell Williams he ripped off Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Even though Marvin’s song was written back in 1977, a jury decided that Williams and Thicke must pay out Gaye’s family $7.3 million. The moral of the story is don’ copy, anyone, be yourself and write your own songs.