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How to Deal with an Annoying Person

Updated on September 14, 2018
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Nicole has a degree in psychology, and is a mom to three young sons. She loves all things art, and enjoys writing about her experiences.

1. Realize They May Not Know They're Annoying

Some people are extra annoying, and it might be helpful to realize that they may not be aware of it. We all have annoying or bothersome mannerisms or habits, to some degree. There's probably not a human alive who is not annoying to anyone, ever. But some people are just worse, and they might not even know it. If they knew how annoying they were, perhaps they would feel bad and try to correct those behaviors. Or not... who knows?

2. Have Compassion

Try to have compassion and kindness for annoying people. If the new kid at school follows you around like a lost puppy dog and it bothers you, try to have understanding and realize that the person is just lonely because they are new in town and don't know anyone yet. Show them around and be a friend, as best you can. That is just one example of showing compassion in a situation and choosing to focus on helping others instead of allowing yourself to get annoyed.

3. Realize It May Not Be Their Fault

Some people do annoying things, but it's not their fault and/or they can't help it. Realize that even though it's frustrating and annoying to you, their behavior may not be their fault. They may wish they could do something about it, but they can't. So try not to let the bothersome behavior get to you.

4. Realize We Can All Be Annoying Sometimes

Some people have an annoying laugh. Some people won't stop talking constantly. Others are nosy and always butt into others' business. Some people always have gas. Others burp loudly in public, or wear too much perfume and it upsets others' allergies, or they always forget their wallet.... or do any number of things that could and do annoy others. But it's helpful to realize that as humans, we all have the capability to be annoying sometimes. It's just part of the human condition. Think about a time when you did or said something that annoyed someone else, and hopefully that will help you find compassion and empathy in your heart for that person in your life who tends to annoy you.

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      Nicole K 

      2 years ago

      RTalloni,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! Ponder is exactly right. I think we don't often ponder the reasons why we get annoyed with certain personalities, or how we could really go about changing our perspectives and having a more compassionate attitude. It's not easy to do, but it is possible. Thanks for your insightful words!

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago

      What a lovely post to ponder. Thank you for sharing this perspective as a voice of reason among all the vitriolic attitudes coming from so many corners.

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