We’ve all been in a situation at one point or another where we have a friend, work colleague or perhaps even a family member who has a real knack for negativity.
As Highly Sensitive People, we have the tendency to fall into one of two traps when it comes to dealing with negative people in our lives.
The first is we feel it is somehow our responsibility to transmute the other person’s negativity into a more positive state, and we do this by being extra ‘nice,’ or super comforting, or holding the space for that person to dump all their issues onto us in the hopes that they will somehow feel better afterwards.
This is a no-win situation and more often than not results in feelings of exhaustion, and sometimes even resentment.
Or, we fall into the second trap where we feel it is somehow up to us to rescue the negative person with a show of compassion.
This is more of a people-pleasing act, and it can be a real drain on your energy, and theirs.
In the video below I share with you 3 Tools for Dealing with Negative People that are especially helpful for Highly Sensitive People.
Once you’ve had a chance to watch the video, I’d love to hear from you:
What is your favourite tool to take away from this video and how are you going to implement it?
Thank you for watching and reading and for being the bright star that you are,
PS Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who could use a confidence boost and an extra nudge on how to deal with a ‘Negative Nancy/Ned’ in their life? Share this post with them like it’s a breath of fresh air.