Getting stuck with a difficult individual at work or at home can be challenging for anyone. It can very easily ruin your day and make you distracted from your own track of life. Sometimes they frustrate you so much that you want to pull your hair, jump around the room, and just scream out loud. These are the people who do not turn their work as promised; they don’t show up at the meetings, and they refuse to collaborate in any way.
These are the kinds of people that can come across anywhere and you can never hide from them. Also, hiding is not the permanent solution as you cannot quit your job for them. So, you need to equip yourself with the skills to effectively deal with difficult and unreasonable people. Following are the few tips in this regard:
Understand what they have to say:
Even it may seem that a person is difficult to deal with, you need to listen to them. You should step back and then ask them what they actually want you to know. You might be seeing things from a different angle and listening to them can change your perspective about them. When you will allow them to speak, they will feel they are being heard. You might find the real reason why they behave in a certain way. Your attention may help them to get better and change their behavior.
Empathize with them:
Most of the people ignore difficult individuals. They are treated as stupid, incompetent, and incapable of doing some decent job. Therefore, treat them with respect and empathize with them. This will not only surprise them but will compel them to change their behavior towards you. Let them know that you care for them and give them importance. You will see the changing behaviors as your relationship with them will become better.
Unless you tell people how to respect you, they will keep on mistreating you. Therefore, it is important that you tell them the impact of their behavior on you. Guide them how to treat you, tell them how they can talk to you in a proper manner which can allow them to be engaged in a conversation. Do not allow them to gain your attention by disrespecting you; instead, tell them their boundaries within which you can remain respectable to them as well.