Feeling attacked? Here are some choices.

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  1. Dodge it. Avoid the blow. Sidestep.
  2. Assert yourself. Make smart moves and clear requests — of the party in question and/or an advocate.
  3. Attempt to understand and address the underlying need. Approach with emotional intelligence and empathy (credit to Rosenberg’s Center for Nonviolent Communication).
  4. Attack back. Pull the rug out. Go for the jugular.
  5. *Do nothing. Stay in your head. Suffer or freeze.

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