In my March newsletter, I am going to briefly describe 10 various types of personalities of difficult people and how to deal with them. Keep your eye open on my web site, since I'll be adding a new page shortly where I'll describe 11 more personality types.

Sometimes when you meet the parent(s)of a particular student, you realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as the saying goes.

Do you recognize or have to deal with these types of personalities, whether it's a student, parent, staff member or other person of interest??

Here's the list - the description is first, followed by suggestions of dealing with this type of person.

1. Attention Seeker - everyone must pay attention to me; deal with care and diplomacy.

2. Back Stabber - speaks beautifully in front of you but when youleave speaks badly about you; be careful about what you say and how you say it.

3. Nervous Wreck - worries about everything, nothing goes right; give help when needed, listen, but don't let them monopolize your time.

4. Bridezilla - everything has to be perfect, or they'll have a meltdown; assist where you can and compliment whenever.

5. Control Freak - they over compensate and only they know how to do it; stay calm and maintain your own control.

6. Disorderly and Unorganized - everything is in disarray; step away, they need to clean up themselves.

7. Cold Shoulder - You feel a "shiver down your spine" when talking to them; just leave them and you have a good day.

8. Perfectionist - everything has to right and fit in their right place; appreciate their performance, but reassure them that it's okay to make a mistake and express the freedom to fail.

9. Imitator - afraid to share their own ideas, need to follow; stand your ground and help them voice their opinions.

10. Intimidator - a bully, an aggressive type of person; stand your ground, be assertive, express your opinion and move on.

I'm sure you have come across one or two or three of these types of personalities. I know I have.

And secretly you may see some of yourself in some of these types. But, that's OK, because you have the power to change that in yourself, but maybe not in others.

Please be sure to read my page on dealing with difficult parents.

Happy trails,


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