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Adult bullying is real, and it takes many forms, the subtlest of which is cold silence. I have experienced it, and sadly, at times, participated in it. If you have been or are bullied by any friends, colleagues, associates, or even family members or anyone else, stand up for your rights and nip it in the bud.

And the same goes for those who are doing the bullying. Nip it in the bud. Stop bullying others. Stop being mean, jealous, judgmental and unforgiving. Because you’re only setting yourself up for dreadful karma, whether you believe in that or not.

We’re all in this world together, and the only way we’re going to survive is if we are more compassionate, understanding and loving-kind. And bullying has nothing to do with any of those wonderful things.

With that said, it is a healthy choice to keep your distance from the following individuals:

1] Those who are consistently mean in general, and consistently mean to others (as they most likely will be mean to you one day)

2] Those who welcome you in their company only if you agree with everything they say, and tell them how smart, wonderful, and beautiful they are.

3] Those who are always joking and/or making jokes at your expense, particularly in public, just so they can be perceived as the funniest and smartest person in the room.

Stay strong and loving-kind.

Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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