How To Deal With Difficult People

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Life is full of good and bad. One of the bad is dealing with challenging people. Sometimes you can avoid them and sometimes you can’t. It’s best to be equipped with some strategies on how to handle them.

Aimee Campbell, a licensed professional counselor has three examples of difficult people and how to handle them. 

Clingers:

  • Want to be taken care of and loved, attracted to strong people.
  • Cannot be handled with avoidance
  • Handled by showing them how to deal with situations on their own, giving them responsibility.

Controllers:

  • Always have to be right; usually are perfectionists and micro-managers
  • Cannot be handled by simply doing a better job
  • Handle by acting unintimidated, be strong and stand up for yourself

Competitors:

  • Always have to win; sees a contest in everything
  • Cannot be handled by pleading or showing any sign of emotion
  • Handle by letting them win; they will have a chance to show generosity afterward.

While there are several more different types of difficult people, it is important to remember that you can only control yourself and how you react to the situation.  Smart people handle difficult people by setting boundaries, using their support system and knowing their limits.         

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AIMEE CAMPBELL, LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

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