When you are dealing with difficult people at work or in your family system it can be an awkward and disheartening process. In a previous post we suggested that Susan consider writing a letter to her family member who has cut off communication.
COPING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE SUGGESTIONS
You can consider using our Dealing with People Services. Writing a heartfelt letter with the goal of re-establishing contact can be a very useful idea in handling difficult people in your family when they have cut off communication.
But it is very important to keep this in mind. This strategy may not be effective. Despite your best efforts at a letter of true reconciliation, this difficult family member may decide not to make contact with you.
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT FAMILY
Remember you cannot make someone communicate with you. You cannot force someone to engage with you. Sometimes they just drive off and disappear up the road. So don’t be disappointed if nothing seems to come from your written communication. You have tried and given it your very best shot. But do give it time and be patient. Sometimes it can take awhile for a difficult person to calm down enough to want to reconnect with you. Sometimes they simply will decide not to. This can certainly be frustrating, annoying and stressful for you.
BE PROUD THAT YOU DID TRY TO COMMUNICATE AGAIN WITH THESE DIFFICULT PEOPLE
But whichever way it goes – more communication or not with difficult family members. At least you can say that you have given it a very good ‘go’ in trying to connect again. Be proud that you have tried to do this. But sometimes it doesn’t go the way you would like in dealing with difficult people.
ADVANCED IDEAS ON DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
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