There are all kinds of people in this world, and sometimes we are put into situations where we have to deal with irritating or annoying people. Whether it’s at work, school, or home, it happens to everyone eventually. Here are some tips on how to survive encounters with all kinds of irritating people.
The gossip – As much as you love to get information from them sometimes, it does become very annoying to always hear about what is going on in other people’s lives when it’s none of your business or if you don’t care enough about it to listen to this person. Plus, if they’re gossiping about other people, just think about what they’re saying to those people about you. You have a couple of options here: you can either listen (or pretend to listen) and then get on with your life or you can tell them that you don’t want to talk about other people behind their backs because it’s rude. Or you can tell them that you don’t want to hear any gossip because you just don’t care about any of it.
The chatterbox – Everybody knows at least one person who doesn’t know when to stop talking no matter what the situation. They don’t notice or care when it’s obvious that you just want to be left alone. It’s nice to have a good conversation with them sometimes, but when you want to be alone or get back to work and they are still there, they just start becoming irritating to you. Now if you want to remain friends with this person, don’t snap at them to stop talking. Just tell them why you can’t talk to them right now. Tell them you have a lot of work to do or that you just don’t have the time to talk at the moment, but tell them that they can continue later on when you’re available since you know that they can’t help but talk – it’s just part of who they are, and they will probably never change.
The narcissist – There are a lot of people who always find a way to turn the conversation towards themselves no matter what the subject may be. As a society, we are all self-centered at times, but some people go a little overboard. This one is a little more difficult because, if you want to remain friends with this person, you can’t hurt their feelings. You can either listen to them talk about themselves all the time and not say a word or you can politely tell them that they are a little self-absorbed. However, narcissists rarely change, so all this may do is start an argument.
Any of these suggestions could lead to an argument if the person is unwilling to see the true problems in their behavior, but if that is what ends up happening, you will have one less irritating person in your life.