8 Tips to Spot the Difference Between Flirting and Harassment
Though it is pretty easy to judge a man’s intentions in most cases, there may be times when you feel unsure about someone’s motives. The line between harmless flirting and harassment may seem thinner than ever. What do you do in such scenarios? We give you a few tips to help you spot the difference between flirting and harassment.
1. Flirting is reciprocal
While harassment is one-sided, flirting involves two people. In case of healthy flirting, both the parties know that they are flirting. On the other hand, harassment is when only one person is engaging in the act, causing discomfort to the other.
While flirting is aimed at complimenting the other person and making flattering remarks, harassment always leads to humiliation and embarrassment to the one at the receiving end.
3. Would he say the same things in public?
Those with intentions to harass you would often approach you when you are alone. Whenever you are in doubt whether you are being flirted with or harassed, ask yourself the question: “Would he have made that remark if there were other people around?” If the answer is no, then you know that the other person does not have good intentions.
4. Unwanted physical contact
If you feel that some guy is being overly sweet and touching your body more that what you are comfortable with, it is a sign that this is not harmless flirting. No one has the right to intrude in your physical space or make physical contact without your consent.