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Kill ‘Em With Kindness: 5 Nice Ways To Handle Mean People


Not all people are warm and fuzzy. Sometimes you’ll encounter people who are aggressive, mean-spirited, or who you just don’t get along with. It’s a fact of life and something that you’ll need to learn to deal with. That’s why we’ve put together our list of 5 nice ways to handle the mean people you encounter.

Respond With Kindness

Reacting to someone’s anger with rudeness will only make things worse, so instead, meet them with kindness. All you have to do is keep your cool and don’t fight fire with fire. Be nice, but not too emotionally invested. This will support the next step on the list.

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Set Boundaries

If there’s no way to escape or change your situation, then it’s time to set boundaries when dealing with them. Keep conversations short and efficient, talk about what’s necessary and nothing else, and be the bigger person. Don’t let them get too close and try the next tactic.

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Be The Change

Most people are caught in a cycle of meanness. They’ve been through a negative experience and are perpetuating it. When you interact with them, you also have the option to show that you care. By asking, “Are you okay?” or “What’s going on with you?”, or trying the next approach on the list, you can disarm a bad attitude that’s on auto-pilot.

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Laugh About It

Don’t laugh in their face, but laugh to release tension for yourself. Think about how someone’s behavior is so rude it’s comical, and that could help keep your cool. Dealing with difficult people is never easy, which is why you always have to remember our last option.

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Be Yourself

No matter how things progress, always remember to consider yourself, your wellbeing, and your professional and personal environment. If you’ve tried all your options and nothing is working, take a step back. Be fair to yourself. You don’t deserve to take extra heat from someone. Don’t get down or distressed; just keep being you.

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