The following are tips for dealing with difficult people who are in your life:
Keep Conversations Neutral
Accept The Reality of Who They Are
Know What's Under Your Control Change your response to the other person; this is all you have the power to change. For example, don’t feel you need to accept abusive behavior. You can use assertive communication to draw boundaries when the other person chooses to treat you in an unacceptable way.
Create Healthier Patterns Remember that most relationship difficulties are due to adynamic between two people rather than one person being unilaterally "bad." Chances are good that you're repeating the same patterns of interaction over and over; changing your response could get you out of this rut, and responding in a healthy way can improve your chances of a healthier pattern forming. Here’s a list of things to avoid in dealing with conflict. Do you do any of them? Also, here are some healthy communication skills to remember.
See The Best In People Try to look for the positive aspects of others, especially when dealing with family, and focus on them. (Developing your optimism and reframing skills can help here!) The other person will feel more appreciated, and you will likely enjoy your time together more.
Remember Who You're Dealing With
Get Support Where You Can Find It
Let Go Or Get Space If You Need It
Try not to place blame on yourself or the other person for the negative interactions.
Remember that you don't have to be close with everyone; just being polite goes a long way toward getting along and appropriately dealing with difficult people.
Work to maintain a sense of humor -- difficulties will roll off your back much more easily.
Be sure to cultivate other more positive relationships in your life to offset the negativity of dealing with difficult people.