Most teenagers are still trying to figure out who they are. But with other people calling us both positive and negative names, it just makes it all the more confusing. So just to clear it up, no one but you can tell you who you are. When you get called a name, or someone puts you down, they can’t possibly be accurate, because how would they know? Only you know who you are. Only you have power over your own life.
To confuse things even more, I think that sometimes, people don’t even realize what they’re saying to other people. Sometimes a word that is intended as an insult can actually be taken in a better, more positive way. Here’s a chart to help you understand.
Conceited Confidant, beautiful, wonderful, amazing
Crazy Creative, brave, and imaginative
Sensitive Caring and knowing how you feel (that’s a skill)
Don’t know when to give up A fighter, hardworking, persistent, and resilient
Loud You speak your mind
Attention Seeker Performer, actor, belongs on the stage
Insecure Sensitive, and considerate
Immature You know how to have fun
Gay Colorful, and happy
Nerd Smart, intelligent, enlightened, and knowledgeable
Jock Athletic, healthy and active
Pushy Ambitious, go getting, determined
Nosy/need to mind your own business You stand up against bullying and are strong
Emotionless You would be an awesome poker player
There’s always a positive side to look on. Almost every insulting word is really a positive word that is misunderstood by many teens. So really, don’t get offended by people that can’t speak English as well as they should. Teens especially don’t have the proper words to articulate what they have to say most of the time. Plus, the words they use are usually words that have been used against them at one point in time. They’ve been hurt, so they’re taking out their anger on you. But again, only you can know who you are.
Stop the bullying cycle. Have self-confidence.
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