How to Deal With Negative People
There’s no doubt that there’s one negative person in your life right now. They could be a friend, a work colleague or even a member of your closest family and knowing how to deal with negative people can be extremely challenging. In this article you will find several very useful and effective tips and techniques to help you cope with such people and negative situations.
First of all it’s very important not to lose your sense of you and who you are. Negative emotions are incredibly infectious so it’s imperative that you don’t get dragged down with other people. Remain the happy, outgoing and positive person that you are at all times.
Try not to judge negative people too much. They are who they are because of a number of reasons and perhaps some very valid reasons that you will never understand. So try to be patient and sympathetic to those who you socialise, live or work with.
People very often mimic or copy others that they spend time with and as mentioned earlier it’s important that you don’t mimic any of the negative behaviour you are attempting to deal with. However if you remain positive throughout any situation or challenge you may find other people begin to and mimic you. If a generally negative person begins to adopt your positive persona and behaviour then this can only be a good thing.
One effective method that you can put into practice today is the technique of reminiscing. For example when a negative person is stuck in a very downgrading situation, try reminiscing or relating your current situation to a more happy and positive time in the past. This can sometimes give people an instant positive twist and solution to a current problem. For example imagine a colleague who is seriously worried about an upcoming interview with their boss. They may begin to feel self doubt and feel very negative about who they are and how they will come over in their interview, but if you could reminisce about when they succeeded in a past interview, gave a compelling presentation or produced an excellent result for their employer you could quite possibly twist their attitude into a positive outlook.
This is perhaps one of the most effective techniques I have come across and it’s one that you can instantly use with a friend, relative or a colleague. Give it a try and see just how effective it is.
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Posted in Life Coaching on November 29, 2011