Hey All - Sunday Fun-Day!
In keeping with our evolution towards emotional maturity, I offer a few days to deal with possibly awkward social situations. Yes, the best way of dealing with rude, arrogant, overly-aggressive, blowhard, bullying types is to not be near them in the first place. But sometimes, family politics and alternate reasons don't make that possible.
(1) Prepare Yourself.
(A) Decide that no matter what that individual tries to do, it will not affect your thoughts or your mood. You are there for a good reason, and that fool isn't it.
(B) See yourself blocking, bobbing, weaving, and bouncing. This does NOT mean prepping smart-ass comments that you think will shut them down. Even if you're right, and even if everyone gives you a hand for that, it won't change that fool.
(C) Choose to leave that situation with the same calm and undisturbed state of mind that you had when you arrived.
(2) Handle Yourself.
(A) They want to get you off your game. Don't be.
(B) They will try to make a personal comment designed to get under your skin. Let your skin be so thick it'll bounce right off.
(C) Don't let their followers egg you on, either. Use that opportunity to evaluate who needs to be dispatched for flagrant disloyalty.
(3) Reward Yourself.
(A) The law of attraction states that you attract what you think about. If you are NOT a high-conflict personality, conflict will not find you as often as it does our alpholish counterparts.
(B) Behaving as if the mere presence of someone undesirable is nothing to be concerned with will provide better results than you think.
(C) Being less concerned with pettiness, drama, and others' lack of morality and ethics will allow you to be more concerned with issues in your own life that require more attention.
To borrow a concept from Isaiah Hankel, you don't need to beat a confession out of these people. You don't need smart-ass comebacks, expert disses, or the ability to talk over people. Even if you were able to expose them as being wrong, the most you'd get is a half-assed apology, and continued undesirable behavior. These people are simply not capable of seeing issues with their actions or their words, and making them look bad will only (a) be forgotten and glossed over because they know everything or (b) make them want to do it even worse.
The best way to be Bold and Bulletproof is to Boot'em! When the aforementioned Booting can't be done, the ultimate backup plan is simple Emotional Maturity. It only looks difficult because people who love conflict simply can't succeed at it.
We can and we will. You'll see for yourself.
I EXIST. I MATTER. I BELONG. I DESERVE.
I AM BOLD. I AM BULLETPROOF. I AM EMOTIONALLY MATURE.