Dealing with Difficult People

difficult people

No matter what we do in life, there will always be one thing that we will have to deal with.  We will have to always deal with “people.”  I am not referring to ordinary, pleasant, inviting people.  I am referring to “difficult people.”  Some people are just so difficult!  It seems like no matter how hard you try, you can never satisfy them or their needs.  So what do we do when we are confronted with these type people? Psychology Today list several ways to deal with these individuals.  You may want to take note of these tips.  Who knows when you will run across a “difficult” person.  Then again, you may be living with one…


1.  Keep your cool

Benefits: Maintain self control. Avoid escalation of problem.

2.  “Fly like an Eagle”

Benefits: More peace of mind. Reduce risk of friction

3. Shift from Being Reactive to Proactive

Benefits: Minimize misinterpretation & misunderstanding. Concentrate energy on problem-solving.

4. Pick Your Battles

Benefits: Save time, energy and grief. Avoid unnecessary problems and complications.

5. Separate the Person from the Issue

Benefits: Establish yourself as a strong problem solver with excellent people skills. Win more rapport, cooperation and respect.

6.  Put the Spotlight on Them

Benefits: Proactive. Equalize power in communication. Apply appropriate pressure to reduce difficult behavior.

7.  Use Appropriate Humor

Benefits: Disarm unreasonable and difficult behavior when correctly used. Show your detachment. Avoid being reactive. Problem rolls off your back.

8.  Change from Following to Leading

Benefit: Leverage direction and flow of communication.

9.  Safely, Confront Bullies

Benefits: Reduce or eliminate harmful behavior. Increase confidence and peace of mind.

10.  Set Consequence

Benefits: Proactive not reactive. Shift balance of power. Win respect and cooperation when appropriately applied.






1 thought on “Dealing with Difficult People

  1. Yes Lord, there will be difficult people every where you go but I thank God for blessing me with the fruit of the spirit. Love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

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