Experts say Nice Girl Syndrome is on the rise—and we're getting screwed because of it. Here's why you should keep a lid on your sweet side.
Some Chick "Accidentally" Cuts In Front Of You In Line
Instead Of: Silently fuming and griping about it on Twitter later…
Try: Saying, "Excuse me. You probably didn't notice, but the line starts back there."
Your Annoying Coworker Work Interrupts Your Convo
Instead Of: Sitting back and letting him ramble about last night's Dancing With the Stars elimination…
Try: Cutting him off with a statement like, "Hey, I'm in the middle of catching up with someone here. Can we talk about this later?"
A Mom Rams Her Stroller Into Your Foot—And Doesn't Say a Thing
Instead Of: Apologizing for your role in the incident (being there), and walking away…
Try: Making eye contact and shooting her a dirty look, then walking away.
A Weird Guy Starts Talking To You At Starbucks
Instead Of: Smiling politely through 10 agonizing minutes of conversation, then pretending you have to pee and bolting for the door…
Try: Saying, "It was nice to meet you, but I want to get back to my book now."
Your Boss Says No When You Ask For a Raise
Instead Of: Telling him you understand and that you appreciate him listening to you…
Try: Asking for more vacation days instead
Your Guy Keeps Leaving His Dirty Dishes In The Sink
Instead Of: Telling yourself he probably forgot—again—and washing them anyway…
Try: Reminding him that you're not his maid, and washing everything but his stuff from then on.