Want To Know How To Deal With Copycats? Here Are 5 Helpful Steps.

Has anyone ever copied you? It’s not a nice feeling to have a part of you mimicked  by someone else. To have your soul yanked out and acted out by someone who isn’t you, isn’t fun.

Keep reading to find out some helpful tips on how to deal with copycats.

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How To Deal With Your Copycat

You are unique. Be confident in it. Take a stand for who you are.  

“A man who stands for nothing, will fall for anything.” -Malcolm X


1. Don’t Share Your Secrets With The Copycat.

This may be hard depending on how close you are to the copycat.

You have to think whether it’s really worth sharing your ideas with people who you know are copycats.

I’ve chatted with people about writing ideas before and a few days later I find out that they are writing something a little too similar to my story.

Sometimes it’s just not worth it.

So from experience, If they ask you about your story don’t tell them about it. If they asked you where you got your shirt, be discreet and say you don’t remember.


2. Sell Yourself The BEST You Can

If your copycat tries copying things that you are doing or creating, don’t let them sell it better than you.

It was your idea originally.  Be the unique person you are and sell the idea the best you can. They won’t be able to fight against it, since you are the one who go the ideas in the first place. There is only one – you!


3. Encourage Them In Their Own Uniqueness

Maybe you are shopping with them and see some awesome clothes that you want to get, but you know if you point it out in front of them they will be buying it before you can even say “But, I was picking that out for me.”

Point out outfits you think might look nice on your copycat. Say things like “Wow, this outfit would look amazing on you!” or “Green really makes your eyes pop.” You’ll find that they’ll eat all your compliments up.

When you do this, you are helping them see what is unique and original about them. Then when they are in the dressing room trying it on go get the clothes you wanted to try on.


4. Which Kind Of Copycat Do You Have?

There are a few different kinds of copycats: One is nicer to deal with, while the other can be a thorn in your side. But those two can admire you or be jealous of you for either your appearance or your ideas or even both.

How To Deal With Copycats

One just admires you. For this kind of copycat, try to be gentle and kind. Encourage them in finding and showing off their own unique person.

While the other is just jealous of you. For this copycat, if you can, try drop them. They really aren’t good for your health or well-being. I know it can be hard, especially if you have a relative who is this kind of copycat.

Have a relative like this copycat? If they bring you down and make you feel horrible, I recommend trying not to see them as often as you need to. When you do see them, just keep your mouth shut and smile. That will bother them. If you do anything, encourage them in the things that might make them unique.

Appearance Theif: This one wants to be you when it comes to your style and personality.

Idea Theif: The idea thief loves your ideas so much that they want them for themselves.

How To Deal With Copycats

5. If Nothing Works… Talk Them 

Sometimes the only thing you can do is talk to your copycat. If you’ve tried other things, but it doesn’t work you may just have to talk to them straight up.

Sit down and talk to them. Tell them that you didn’t appreciate it. And then distance yourself from them.

How Do I Talk To Them?

Sitting down to confront your copycat can be scary.

Here are some helpful things to tell them:

  1. It really bothers me that you copied me _________________ (State the time).
  2. You are a unique and creative person. I just don’t understand why you feel like you have to copy me. I love __________, _____________, and ________________ (name characteristics about them that you love or see could be great if they focused on it.) about you!
  3. I really love you as a friend, but I can’t continue to hang out with or talk to you about these things because you just steal my ideas and I don’t appreciate that at all. So if you can’t stop copying me, I can’t be your friend anymore. (If they stole your idea and don’t want to stop copying you, you might have to tell them something like this. It may be difficult.)

The First Copy-Cat That I Remember

I encountered a copy-cat for the first time (I believe) was in 5th grade when I was sitting on the bus with my best friend. We were bundled in our fluffy winter jackets with our backpacks at our feet as we spoke. I was so excited to show my friend an idea I had. I trusted her. Of course, she wouldn’t steal my ideas. I reached into my unzipped backpack and brought out a small locked journal.

This was one of the first times I chose to share something I had written with someone other than a teacher or my parents. I opened the clasped journal with a kitty on it. I flipped the page to the spot I wanted to show her. Small pictures of little fairy people who I’d drawn along with a story that went along with it.

How To Deal With Copycats

I got onto the bus the next day and then she showed me a picture she had drawn. She said, “Devin, I am writing a story too.” A hint of panic struck my stomach. Her story was identical to my story. I didn’t think this kind of thing could happen. While looking at her drawing on the paper, it was an exact replica of the drawing in my story.

When I saw the picture she’d drawn a hint of panic struck through my and curdled my stomach. Her story was identical to mine and the pictures of the fairies resembled mine. At that young age, I experienced the fear that came along with someone stealing your ideas or work.

This is something that I never thought would be possible. I thought everyone had their own unique ideas and that they wouldn’t ever think of stealing other people’s ideas. I sure know I wouldn’t.

I remember crying that night. I was super worried that this girl had stolen my story and characters.

It didn’t just feel like she was stealing my ideas, but it also felt like she was stealing my identity.

My identity.

That’s who I am.

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It was hard to experience that, especially as a young child.

I thought all children were told that. But after a few years in Elementary School, I found out that many of the kids had grown up imitating others.

From the moment after I experienced the bus copy-er, I was very careful with my ideas. I barely told anyone. Just my parents. It remained that way, well into college.

I barely told anyone. Just my parents. It remained that way, well into college.


I didn’t trust anyone with my ideas and was scared people would steal my ideas again. I don’t understand why people copy other’s work. Do you?

You were created to be unique. If we are not ourselves, then who are we?

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“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde

If you take a look at a person, what do you see? All that a person can see of an individual is their outward appearance and their personality. And that isn’t everything that makes up a person. Every person is on a journey.

When people copy others they are downgrading themselves.

What a person sees isn’t everything and just because that person sings amazingly, dresses cutely, or has good ideas, that doesn’t give a person the right to try and be that person – Because that is their personality and not the imitators.

Ever been copied? If so, read on for some helpful tips on how you can deal with your copy-cat.

Dealing with a copycat? If so, what helped you deal them? 

About Devin Berglund

Writer. Dreamer. Wanderer. Enjoyer of Life. She loves crafting stories that change lives. Her first book "The Mason of Hearts" was recently finished. It's the first in a Fantasy Adventure trilogy. She is also working toward agent representation.

13 thoughts on “Want To Know How To Deal With Copycats? Here Are 5 Helpful Steps.

  1. I’m dealing with this problem a lot but nothing seems to help, I’d have to hide myself from the world to keep my copycats from copying me ><
    I get copied for my art and clothing styles and it's so annoying..

  2. My friend started copying me AFTER I shared a few design tricks with him. I literally feel like I have to start over and find a new design style. It is one of the worst feelings in the world. Since I did share a lot with this person, would you agree that I really do have to completely reinvent myself?

  3. What do you do when a full grown adult acts like a parrot?? (Especially if that someone is part of your family?) Don’t get me wrong, I love parrots but being around them for to long can get really annoying! Why can’t they just eat a cracker and shut up?!!

  4. I’ve encountered many a copy cat even as an adult I have people copying me,Whether it be dress sense or copy my style of photos I post on facebook or just trying to be like me in general by copying my lifestyle doing things I do or going places I go etc,It’s annoying and people should just be unique and have their own style and dress,I like to be a leader not a follower or sheep

  5. It was sometime in grade school too, but the thing is, I AM the copycat (and proud of it). Whenever the “cool girls gang” come up with a new trend, I always take their ideas and make ’em trend among my gang too. Never gets old.

    Some of my friends copied my ideas too (in terms of drawings, craft, stories, etc), but I don’t seem to mind. In fact I was kinda flattered when people copy me back then cuz they think my ideas were good.

    I guess, from a copycat’s point of view, how to stop copycats from copying your work isn’t discouragement & agressive warnings (cuz that just makes them want to copy your stuff more). You gotta act nice & encourage them, tell them that they have talent and stuff. It’s all reverse psychology cuz they’ll feel bad for copying you later & they’ll go on thinking of their own things to create.
    But tbh hiding your stuff away from them works too.

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  7. I have one copycat that copies whatever I say and do. She copies my characters that I work hard on creating and then says she already had that idea. She copies what I read, write and all my ideas. I feel like there’s no way out of her imitations. Do you any friends like this??

  8. We have a family, and some of their friends who have literally copied things we do and buy while camping, down to the grill, decorations and even as far as them purchasing the same brand of camper we have, (we have since purchased a different one, and not told anyone) its became so out of hand we pulled away from them and began doing our own personal days at that campground when its not holidays and such. It’s a sad situation that people are so obsessed with others they mimic them. I truly have to wonder if it’s not some sort of mental issue.anyway, I agree that you need to keep things to yourself And if you become too overwhelmed with it stay far FAR away from the copycats!!

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