Difficult people are part of life. You can’t hide from it. You can’t run from it. No matter how sweet and generous of a person you are, there will be others who rub you the wrong way.
It isn’t always intentional. Sometimes our body language is all it takes – a subconscious movement or reaction that is hard-wired into a person’s psyche. And although I firmly believe that people can change, it will only happen if they are willing to change themselves.
Here are five ways we irritate, dishearten, and upset one another as human beings. Let’s figure out how we can cope with them when it happens to us – and how to change our own ways, as well.
With spring around the corner, a lot of us in school have presentations, speeches, and papers due on the horizon. Public speaking, a favorite of most students (sarcasm) often carries with it a little black storm cloud that rests itself over the upcoming speaker’s head. The build-up to a big presentation is often times more stressful than the project itself. Speaker anxiety is like the little devil on your shoulder, whispering not-so-sweet nothings into your ear and slowly convincing you that what can go wrong, will go wrong. Murphy’s Law, after all.
The line between an influencer and a manipulator can sometimes wear a little thin. It’s important to know that there is a difference between the two, and that the feeling in your gut isn’t the only way to determine that difference.
So, what is the difference between a manipulator and an influencer? How can we be one and not the other?