Dr. Erin Olivo's Tips for Dealing With Annoying Relatives

Don't let family stress ruin your holidays. Here's how to deal with clashing personality types to make it through the season fight-free.

Dr. Erin Olivo's Tips for Dealing With Annoying Relatives

Family gatherings at the holidays are the perfect time to practice an attitude of acceptance. There are some things you just cannot change, and your relatives fall into this category. But if you can learn to accept them and allow them to be who they are, you will suffer less. Here are the most common types of personalities and how to cope with them over the holiday season.


The Downer

The Downer

Your stepsister Bridget is committed to not smiling at anything, even your adorable 3-year-old nephew, Miles. She sits with an “I just lost my best friend” face and makes everyone feel uncomfortable and guilty for enjoying the holiday.

How to cope: Whether or not she has a good reason for feeling down, try validating her. If she didn’t get as many Christmas cards this year as she did last year (gasp!), tell her you understand how that could make her sad. Then ask if there’s anything you can do to cheer her up…but don’t expect to get any smiles from her.

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