During an interview with teen singer and YouTuber personality Sophia Grace, 14, Benedict Cumberbatch gave some very sound advice when it comes to being bullied.
I am a huge proponent for self-defense and making sure everyone has the ability and confidence within themselves to protect their lives. That being said, there is a mental fight that always comes to play when dealing with bullies and I believe Cumberbatch hit the nail on the head:
‘As hard as it may seem, you have to meet it with love,’ he said. ‘You have to try and empathize with the hate – not hate yourself – but understand why people often want to damage other people is because they’re damaged themselves.
‘And if you could just turn that mirror around a little bit on them it might cause it to quell it slightly.’
The 41-year-old entertainer emphasized people dealing with bullies must remember the real reason behind the actions, instead of taking it personal.
‘And to stand on your own two feet, to have your own self worth unaffected by bullies,’ Cumberbatch said. ‘They don’t really know the real you, they just want to get at something to feel better about themselves.
‘The strongest advice is, and this is really tough, is not to take it personally, to realize it’s not really about you – it’s about them.’
He noted: ‘Online bullying, as well, is really tough, that’s a whole thing I didn’t have at all [when I was younger,] I don’t know how you guys deal with that.’