How To Deal with Dysfunctional People — And Not Go Crazy Yourself « Dr. Paul White

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How To Deal with Dysfunctional People — And Not Go Crazy Yourself27May 2007Last posting I described dysfunctional people and what behavior patterns characterize them. That is really the easy part.  The tough part is learning how to deal with dysfunctional people in our lives — whether they are family members, coworkers, employees, or neighbors — and to do so in a way that doesn’t make us go crazy or so we don’t commit murder!The first clue to dealing effectively with dysfunctional individuals is to give up the expectation that they will respond in a healthy way to whatever action you choose to take.  Usually, no matter what you do, you will feel blamed and they will be angry — it is the classic example of “damned if do, damned if you don’t.” If you talk to them, they are angry.  If you don’t talk to them, they are offended.  If…

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