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Deal with Difficult People You Can't Get Rid Of

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 09:59 AM

motivational speaker conflictUnfortunately, there will always be people in your life who you cannot stand, you cannot kill and you cannot get rid of. In-laws, co-workers, ex spouses; they will always be in your life, so it pays to understand how to deal with them. 
 
The most common complaint I hear about dealing with difficult people is that they are irrational. They are difficult for no apparent reason, it is hard to understand what fires them up and it always inspires fear and confusion in others.
 
Usually, emotional outbursts occur because a person feels threatened. Something about the people involved or the situation causes the irrational person to reel with insecurity and lash out. However, don't take it personally and take on their guilt trip, as it is their insecurity, not you. 
 
Next, give up trying to change them. It is a losing battle. Why is it so important to get this irrational person to be rational? Especially if you have seen this pattern replay over and over, you know they don't change. So, give up trying to change them. 
 
Your best option may be to lower your expectations. Ultimately, the goal should be peace. Ask, what am I willing to give up to get peace?
 
Ask, what am I willing to accept? From this standpoint, you can enter a more healthy negotiation. 
 
Find out what the other persons real issue is, what is making them so miserable? Most of the time, they feel unappreciated or threatened, so find out what threatens them. If you dig a bit, you will discover the reason they are hurt is they don't feel heard, they feel insignificant, powerless, excluded, or undermined by others. If you really want peace, take time to hear them out, quench their fear and you can finally move on!
 
Just be cautious not to feed unhealthy behaviours. People are also difficult because we let them get away with it. If unhealthy manipulation, lies or anger are ruining your life, you need to set a clear boundary and communicate it. 
 
If someone realizes his manipulation won't work on you, he will ultimately stop doing it. 
 
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