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How To Deal With Negative People

Bad Attitudes Are Like A Nasty Virus- Contagious And Annoying!

Like a nasty virus, a bad attitude can be contagious! When someone brings their bad attitude around, it can affect other people just like the flu- bringing you down and making you feel awful! Want to know how to deal with difficult people?

Just like germs, bad attitudes are everywhere! Avoidance is your best form of defence, but if you can’t escape someone’s bad attitude, you can protect your energy!

Some people aren’t bothered by other people’s emotions. But, if you have noticed that you tend to be affected by those around you, then you might be an empath.

What is an empath? Empaths ‘absorb’ what other people are feeling. I never really knew what an empath was until about 10 years ago. But, I did know that I took on what other’s were feeling as if it were my own feelings. I never really separated the two, I became so used to it. I had a hard time understanding what my feelings were.

I thought everyone was like that and when I realized most people aren’t, I became a little more withdrawn and protective of my own energy.

Since discovering I am in fact an empath, I’ve had to learn the importance of identifying my own feelings and protecting my energy.

The best way is to be emotionally stronger. You can achieve this by building your emotional strength, and by keeping a positive attitude.

Just like hand sanitizer, a positive vibe will kill a bad attitude!

The universe and everything in it is full of energy waves, and they flow through us. When someone is putting out negative energy, your best defence is to radiate a force-field of positive vibes. It works like a shield! It’s proven that positive energy is stronger than negative.

Easier said than done though right? Here are some ways to power up your positivity! I’m actually able to tolerate being around nasty people and walk away knowing it is them and not me!

How To Deal With Difficult People

Learn To Control Your Own Emotions

If you really want to know how to deal with difficult people, you need to start within.

Strengthen your mind and learn to control your emotions. I wrote an article about how to build your emotional strength. It can really help you understand your own feelings and the emotions of those around you.

Be emotionally stronger, you can control your feelings better. A negative person becomes frustrated easily. They often want you to be in a bad mood too and when you aren’t, they get even more negative. But most people genuinely want to be happy. It’s human nature. So use your positivity to try and cheer them up.

Avoidance Is Your Best Defence

Your best bet is to avoid negative people. If it’s a neighbour, acquaintance or relative, limit your time around them. Especially if they are in a particularly nasty mood!

But if it’s your co-workers, or family, it’s kind of impossible. So you have to learn to deal.

Distance yourself as much as you can. And, be sure to give yourself some space.

Practice Positivity

Practice positivity, every day. Make it a habit to have a positive attitude. When you think of people’s ‘vibes’ as energy waves coming from their body’s, it makes it easier to understand emotions. And, since positive energy is stronger than negative, when you have great energy you won’t be as affected by someone’s bad attitude.

Practice Control

Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that you are in control of your own emotions. You and only you, can change your attitude.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations are a major key in powering up your positivity.

Here are some examples:

  • I am in control of my feelings
  • I choose to be happy
  • I can convert a negative attitude, into a positive one
  • I release all negative energy
  • I am emotionally strong

Put your own wellbeing first. Your happiness and mental health depend on it.

Try To Be Understanding

Remind yourself that their issues are not your issues. Try and understand, they might be going through hardship. Empathize but don’t absorb. This is where building your emotional strength can help you identify the difference between their emotions and your own.

Separate the behaviour from the person. The person can change their attitude. Maybe they are having personal issues. Remember that just because someone is in a negative mood, doesn’t make them a bad person.

Their attitude is their choice. But you have to choose not to let it bother you.

Try Gratitude Journaling

Nothing boosts your attitude better than practicing gratitude. Writing out what you’re thankful for every night, and focusing on the good can really affect how well you feel!

Start your own gratitude journal today.

Cleanse Your Energy

Cleansing your aura and chakras can help remove and release any negative energy built up inside you. As an empath, it’s vital to do this often but anyone can benefit from a spiritual cleansing. Here’s a video to quickly cleanse your chakras:

Try These Pick Me Ups

If you notice you are in a bad mood, try these mood-boosting activities:

Spend some time outdoors

Hang out with happy people

Watch inspiring movies

Read positive affirmations

Write down 10 things you’re grateful for

Remind yourself, it could be worse

Listen to a happy playlist


Listen to an inspiring podcast


I hope you learned how to deal with difficult people in life, because negative attitudes are everywhere! The more positive you are, the more powerful you will be! So, spread some positivity today!

Steph Social

Steph is a spiritual writer from Canada. She is a former journalist and magazine writer, who later went on to study the spiritual side of life. She shares her knowledge of manifesting and the law of attraction to help others change their lives through affirmations, self care, journaling, meditation and intentional living! Also- an INFJ, Reflector and empath so you'll find a lot of personality type stuff here too:)


  1. Andrea says:

    I am an empathy and have depresion/anxiety. I am 39 and starting my journey on getting to know this new me. Thank you for some place to start!!

    1. Empathy and depression/anxiety often go hand in hand. It’s hard to deal with all those emotions! Hang in there! I hope I helped in some way:)

      1. Mark says:

        I’m glad you’re existing. Thank you. My glass is almost full and it’s great that I found this. I will execute it to the best that I could.

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