How to respond when you are called gullible
When someone calls you gullible, or a mug, the British term for naive or being fooled or easily pranked, you might feel a little embarrassed. The truth is you shouldn’t feel bad about thinking the best of other people and trying to see them in their best possible light. It would be a pretty sad world if we were all a bunch of cynics who saw the worst in others.

When you easily accept what people say it means that you see the best in people and you’re not judgemental. After all, being trusting is not a crime the only bad thing about being gullible is you could be targeted and victimized by dodgy people.


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When Claire was at university her friend set her up and pranked her in front of a group of friends. She thought the things Sarah said to her were true and that she was a good person, but she quickly found out otherwise. Claire fell for Sarah’s nonsense once, but she decided never again and ended the friendship. You may be gullible and trusting once, but fool me twice I don’t think so.

Here are a few things you can say next time people call you a mug.

Best comebacks for being called gullible

1. Are you agitated and confused? My work here is done!

2. I’m well aware that I am not everyone’s cup of tea. I’d rather be a shot of tequila anyway!

3. I hear there’s a new app called sense of humour. Download it, bitch!

4. Well, they say marriage is finding that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

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When you are dealing with a person who calls you gullible 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.

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