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How to Handle Difficult People

A bully at your work is difficult for you to face. He is demanding you do part of his job without pay or credit. How do you handle it?

 

Your neighbors are constantly fighting. They wake you up in the middle of the night with their screams and curses. What do you say to them?

 

Your father is unhappy about your career choice. He constantly criticizes your work and points out what he thinks you should do. How do you deal with him?

 

Difficult situations are part of everyone's life. Employers and employees can't get along. Partners clash over money. Spouses cannot resolve disagreements.

 

If you ignore these situations, they always get worse. Employees get fired, partnerships and marriages break up, everyone is miserable.

 

Waiting and worrying, the most common "solution," also allows the problem to get worse while giving you stress and shortening your life span.

 

If you attack the person, at least you are trying to fix the problem. But attacks, rage or irrational anger gives you a bad name, makes people afraid of you and reduces honest communication.

 

Disconnecting from the problem or from the person is not always wise or practical. Losing employees, supporters and friends because you needlessly disassociate from them may reduce your stress, but you might also become lonely and poor.

 

The Best Solution Is to Confront and Handle People

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