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Dealing with Difficult People

Dealing with Difficult People

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November 26, 2005

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Visitor Comments: 7

(5) Ann, January 5, 2011 1:15 AM

Difficult People?

Thank you for your advice. I may be one of these people at times. And I encounter others like this, also. So thank you again, Rabbi Pliskin, for your wit and wisdom.

(4) RM, November 19, 2006 4:02 PM

I disagree

Sorry, but I know a fool, he thinks he is right. He always hurts people who come into his path. He even hurts people in his immediate family. He will never change, you could talk to him from today to tomorrow. Once a fool, always a fool.

Anonymous, December 30, 2016 1:16 PM

To commenter #4 RM

I've known lots of difficult people in my life and I feel your pain. Re: Hurting people in one's immediate family. IMO it is important to stand up to that person and state you will NOT be spoken to in that manner. Then leave the situation. Will you make a lasting change? Probably not, but you WILL take back the control of your own life. Alas, there are many inappropriate, insensitive people in the world who take no responsibility for their words/actions. This doesn't mean we need to be the punching bag.

(3) Mary, November 19, 2006 11:32 AM


It is fine if the difficult person does not have control over your life.

Anonymous, December 30, 2016 1:20 PM

To commenter #3 Mary

Re: A difficult person having control over your life. I agree that someone like a difficult boss can make life very unpleasant. However, we can learn what is important to them and give them what they want. Also, if a boss becomes too unbearable we can look to make a job change. I don't mean to sound flip. Of course none of these choices are easy. I once worked for a boss who threw a sheaf of papers at me. I eventually quit that job.

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