As anyone who works with people knows, some folks are easier to work with than others. I was reminded of this last week when I was completely blindsided by some true nastiness. I don’t know why I’m surprised when this person has demonstrated over and over again their capacity to be nasty, but nonetheless, I am. It always catches me off guard and saps my energy in extremely counterproductive ways.
On a positive note, the week ended with reminders that there are plenty of good people left and that I am lucky enough to work with some truly kind and generous people. While that was just what I needed, I’m still left with feeling that my response to the nastiness is not a good one — when that kind of thing happens, I’m generally useless for a good chunk of the day as I brood over the encounter or imagine ways to “get back.” I try to remind myself that this is not helping and that I should just let it wash off, but it’s difficult. So, dear readers, please share — what are your coping strategies for dealing with difficult people in a way that doesn’t zap your energy and ruin your whole day? Please share your strategies in the comments.