How to cope with being the target of mean girl behavior

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How to cope with being the target of mean girl behavior

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Girls can be the target of mean behavior and I do like your use of the word target not victim because I really want to encourage girls and parents to focus on empowerment rather than a victimizing mind set. To that end, I encourage girls to be assertive. My favorite definition of assertiveness is educating others on how you want to be treated. The assertiveness can be communicated in body language that is walking away from a difficult situation, and going and hanging out with dignity with other friends. Assertiveness can be using words to set a limit and a boundary. Being assertive can also be using your words to go and ask for help.

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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