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 Instigator

The Instigator

Your Uncle Artie just loves to fight–he takes the opposite side of every argument no matter what. Although you try to steer clear of polarizing topics, he brings them up just to get a rise out of you. Your family may be trying to forget last year’s regifting scandal, but you can count on Uncle Artie to mention it at dinner.

How to cope: He’s trying to get a rise out of you–but don’t let him get it! Instead, take a deep breath and agree with him. I know this sounds crazy, but when you agree with people who are looking for a fight, it disarms them. And is it really worth arguing over something that probably matters very little to you? I didn’t think so.

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