We’ve all been there. Having a perfectly good day when an unforeseen event turns it sour–a difficult, negative person. Surely, we as adults, can handle these people. Instead, we often end up just a blah feeling and are left wondering why.
1. Understand who these people are. Everyone has a bad day every now and then. These difficult people, though, have them all the time. Frustrating, isn’t it? Identifying these people will make life much easier.
2. Try to realize they may not mean to off putting. Generally speaking, most people who have this bad attitude really don’t realize they are difficult. They may think of themselves as blunt, forthcoming, or honest. A person can be those things and still have some class and tact about him or herself. By keeping a positive attitude, one can cleverly deal with the difficulty.
3. There may be a circumstance or an event that is behind the nasty attitude. We don’t know the details of everyone’s life. For all we know, the negative person may have had a bad morning. I know I have! While we make think everyone’s life is as peachy as ours, the fact is many are not. Financial or relationship stresses often dictate how we interact with others, both in a positive and negative way.
4.Be upfront. Sometimes stopping the negativity before it starts is possible. By establishing parameters within a situation it allows for the tone to be set and progress to be made. Certain topics may have to be off limits to keep the tone and conversation flowing lightly.
5. When all else fails, stay away! If you’ve done your best and tried to make a specific relationship or contact work and it still isn’t cordial just walk away. Somethings things just won’t work out and through no ones fault. It just happens that way. You don’t need permission to walk away from negativity in your life.