Last December I wrote a blog post called Don’t Lose Your Mind Because of a Bad eBay Buyer. I used to have a talent for soaking up angry people’s energy and turning it into anxiety. Of course, I wouldn’t show these feelings to anyone. I would keep all my feelings pent up inside.
Yeah…I know…such a healthy way of being.
The past couple of months, I’ve really been working on not losing my mind over difficult people’s anger management issues. When I get negative feedback, I’ll repeat to myself, “Their anger has nothing to do with me”. This definitely helped me deal with angry people, but I have to admit that it didn’t fix my problem 100%. I still needed something more.
I’m glad to report that last night I found something that helped me in dealing with difficult people. I listened to the audio clip on Byron Katie’s blog called I Can’t Stand My Best Friend and it really gave me tips in dealing with angry, negative, difficult people.
If you’re not familiar with Byron Katie’s “The Work”, you can go visit thework.com for more information. It might help you to understand the audio clip more fully. You can also download the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet.
I really hope this will help you out too.