What is the "yellow rock" technique?


The "yellow rock" technique is a communication strategy used to deal with narcissists effectively, especially in settings where the more commonly known "gray rock" method may be too blunt or might make social interactions awkward, such as in the workplace. Introduced by Tina Swithin, it involves adding a bit of liveliness to the impersonal and unemotive gray rock approach. While maintaining minimal engagement, you respond with polite but non-committal comments that exhibit a bit of emotion and engagement, like mentioning mundane activities or responding briefly to comments, but without inviting further conversation or inquiry. This method helps to keep interactions as short and uninvolved as possible while appearing normal to others 1.