I really like Deflecting, too.I'm looking for a skill name suggestion.
It is for a social defensive skill, the equivalent of "Dodging" but for social attacks. It needs to be "something-ing" since all the skills are named that way. (For reference the 'attacking' skills are persuading and leading).
I thought "Lying" but it sounds more proactive. "Evading" sounds too physical.
But if your game also has the social equivalent of 'Parrying', then use Deflecting for that, and look for something else for as the equivalent of 'Dodging'.
Would 'Weaselling' be out of place here?
Evading is pretty good, and is often used in a social context. There are many good suggestions in the thread already. I'll add (?):
Dodging (it had to be said...)
Fielding (i.e. a question or accusation)
Mousing (as in verbal cat-and-mouse... which would make the social attack into 'Catting'...)
The word you use might depend on whether you are thinking about social attacks as a) lying; b) intimidating; c) charming; d) any kind of social influence etc.