Tips on dealing with difficult persons, part I


During the weekend of 7/14, I bumped into an article “Don’t Try to Reason with Unreasonable People — Simple strategies for dealing with mean or crazy people” by Susan Biali, M.D. I list this under happiness category because you won’t be happy if you don’t know how to deal with unreasonable yet also unavoidable people.

The title of the article looks interesting. The author presents a list of “unreasonable people,” who certainly seem capable of ruining your happiness and even life.

(1) Those you can’t have a reasonable conversation with; they somehow twist your words or totally confuse you and then tell you that you’re the one who doesn’t know how to communicate

(2) People who make subtly or overtly demeaning comments or say cutting things to you disguised as a “joke”

(3) Those that don’t respect boundaries and seem to enjoy stepping all over one after you’ve placed it

(4) The types that aren’t willing to consider your point of view or listen to your side of things (or just stare at you blankly, or laugh, or explode, when you try to explain “how you feel”)

(5) Liars
(6) Bullies
(7) Manipulators
(8) Verbal or emotional abusers (these can also range from subtle to overt)

(9) People who leave you feeling bad, sad, shaky or feeling sick in the pit of your stomach

(10) “Crazymakers,” a.k.a. people who provoke you into acting crazy or unbalanced, when your behavior across the rest of your life is proof that you’re not

(11) The excessively charming who are too good to be true and have an ulterior motive.

Life is so interesting and spicy because of these people.

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