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Difficult People and How to Deal with Them

People who are difficult to deal with always seem to exist in different phases of our lives. They’re there when we were kids, teenagers, and even in our adult life. We’ve all have had our share of difficulties in dealing with them and most of the time they are frustrating. Sometimes it’s your boss, your colleagues, people from other departments, and people in your daily lives. The kind of people that make you want to pull your hair out, your day bad, and scream internally. They insist in having everything their way, belittle you, second-guess you, and generally you just don’t feel comfortable around them. 

Usually, these people just take out their frustrations on you and it may not even be about you. Just listen to them and make them speak their mind. Hopefully, this will give them a clear mind and realize that the solution to the problem is very simple. 

Here ways on how to deal with difficult people:

Use a Calm Approach

The greatest method to get someone to work with you is usually not to lose your cool and explode at him or her. It is preferable to project a calm demeanor unless you are aware that anger would cause the person to behave and you are actively utilizing it as a tactic to influence them. A calm person is whose being in-charge, centered, and more respected. Do you want to work with someone who is calm or someone who is constantly on edge? When someone sees you being calm despite them being frantic, they would have your attention more. Be the calm person in the chaotic workplace. 

Be Compassionate Towards Them

It’s safe to say that everyone is going through something. And most likely, the people that aren’t close to you don’t know what you’re going through and how difficult it is. Most of us are stuck with our own problems and we’re dealing with them the best we can. So when you have compassion for someone who is being difficult, you’ll often discover that they respond well. Try this method and see how it works! 

Treat Them with Respect

Not a person in the world wants treatment as if they are stupid or incompetent. Remember to always show respect to others even at times when they are being difficult. The moment you start treating them in a disrespectful way, you might as well not talk to them because it is impossible to make them cooperate in that approach. So try being respectful even in difficult times! It is like the saying Treat others the way you want to be treated.” 

There are many ways in dealing with difficult people. These examples are a few of many other ways to approach them because most people will feed off the negative energy they are displaying. Being the bigger person and communicating properly can easily resolve these conflicts, and it’s on the way you approach them. And when there’s nothing you can do to control their behavior, it’s important to keep in mind that you can control your responses and minimalize how they affect you.

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