I'll readily admit that I have encountered my fair share of difficult people while tagging along with the Marine Corps. I think I've handled some with grace. Others, I might have disgraced myself while interacting with them. I consider each difficult person and interaction a life lesson and an experience to evaluate as I try to better myself. In dealing with the difficult person, what worked? What can I do differently next time? How am I presenting myself to this person, and, in turn, the world?
In evaluating how I have handled difficult people, I have learned five key points:
- Be patient. With the person. With the situation. Just. Be. Patient.
- Sometimes people are only difficult to me because our personalities and/or values are very different. I have to remember that if I consider her to be a difficult person, I am probably a difficult person for her.
- Don't let her get to you. If we're talking about the blatantly mean type of difficult person, realize that that might just be who she is. Shrug it off.
- Surround yourself by un-difficult people. Prevention is key!
- When all else fails, walk away. It's so much better to ignore or physically walk away from a difficult person.