The best way to deal with difficult people is to make it difficult for them to be difficult.
As much as you may despise their behavior, do not try to change the difficult person. They love that.
Deliver the message that you don’t take them seriously. They hate that.
Use humor to avoid giving their trouble legitimacy.
Fog the issue if pressed. In other words, blow them off.
Difficult people are looking for attention and control.
When they realize that they can neither get your attention nor gain control of your decisions, they may try, but they will fail.
The most difficult person to deal with is one who has earned your trust, one that you are related to or who controls your pay check.
In all case, shift from reactive to proactive to put them in their place.
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