One absolutely effective way to get along with a difficult person is to find something you have in common and ask the other person about it.
It may be sports, a hobby, interest or a goal.
Difficult people are not just hard on us. They are hard on themselves and often their own worst enemies.
Step in and start fishing for the one thing you have in common. They’re not likely going to tell you without you searching.
Keep asking questions until you find something of mutual interest.
Then start asking questions rather than making personal statements.
It’s harder to be difficult when you find something in common.
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