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Handling Those You Dislike

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we do not like and have to live with it. Maybe you just can not stand the people you work with or the kids in your class. Changing your situation might not be an option, so how do you cope?

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By Gwen Randall-Young

April 14, 2023

As a child, if you did not like your broccoli, you could make a face and push it away. But if you do that with people, it's only going to make things worse. The more you hate your situation, the more miserable you are going to be. If people are being rude or mean to you, of course, it is best to stay away from them. However, if you simply do not like them because they are different from you, isolating yourself is not the best solution.

Usually, isolating ourselves results in loneliness and even in depression. If we are judging others, often they can feel it and so they back away from us as well. Then we feel judged. What works much better is to adopt an attitude of friendliness towards everyone. This does not mean being phony, it just means that you treat everyone with respect, whether you like them or not.

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