Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Dealing with Obstructive People

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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