How do you feel when, whether through work environment, family or other relationships, you have little choice but to deal with someone who is continually obstructive - frustrated? angry? resentful?
There are many different strategies you can use in this situation. Which will be successful may depend on the individual case - how much power do you have in the situation? what outcomes do you want? what are your options?
One tip you can use generally to cover a range of such situations is the time honoured friend technique. - Ask yourself what you would advise a friend to do in your situation.
One of the reasons this can work well is because when we are caught up in a situation we may be plagued by thoughts such as 'what will other people think if I act like this?' or 'what should I do?'
Asking yourself what you would advise a friend to do, helps you to step outside those anxiou thoughts. Often you may find you come up with a suggestion which is more realistic and practical, and less stressful, than the paths you have been following.
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