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What to say if people call you gullible

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.

We can’t control what happens to us but we can control how we respond. As long as you learn from the experience you haven’t lost a thing. But remember, when someone has fooled you once shame on them, if someone has fooled you twice shame on you. If a person has done something shitty to you once, don’t let them do it again!

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

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Are you agitated and confused? My work here is done!
I’m well aware that I am not everyone’s cup of tea. I’d rather be a shot of tequila anyway!
I hear there’s a new app called sense of humour. Download it, bitch!
Well, they say marriage is finding that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

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