There are people in your life that just push your buttons. But you have to deal with them because they’re a coworker or neighbor or a relative. Here’s how.
Thinking about potential criticisms ahead of time allows you to have an appropriate response on hand should you need it. So when Aunt Martha says it looks like you gained weight, thank her for being concerned and then change the subject. If you don’t get engaged in the content of her comment, you push her back into a positive intent which makes a person think about why she offered a rude comment.
Play Devil’s Advocate
Realize that every single human being has a different way of looking at life, “then make an effort to understand the other person’s point of view. If you try to approach things from his or her perspective, you may find that potentially sticky conversations will go far more smoothly.
People who are at ease, polite and socially adept, understanding and considerate are always charming and attractive. Dress well, work on accepting compliments gracefully—without worrying about whether you deserve them—be pleasant, and smile. Practice these skills long enough, and they will become second-nature.
Take a look at other ways to get along with people here.
I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews. 11 great-nieces and great-nephews (and if you follow this bio at all, it won't surprise you that, yes. Another one is on the way!). No, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 2 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.