Lifehack offers nine tips for dealing with people who bother you:
- You can only change yourself
The best way to address the situation is to change how you perceive it and how you react to it.
- Draw your boundaries
Be clear on what you will tolerate and what you will not tolerate -- then stick with it.
- Be upfront about where you stand
People aren't mind readers, and sometimes they may not be aware that they are infringing on your space or taking up a lot of your time.
- Be firm when needed
If the person does not stick within the boundaries, then enforce them.
- Ignore them
If you just ignore them, they don't have a choice but to seek out someone else.
- Don't take it personally
Most of the times, these people behave the same way around others too.
- Observe how others handle them
The next time you are with this person, get someone else into the conversation too. Observe how the other party handles it.
- Show kindness
Often times, they act the way they do because they are looking for an empathetic ear.
- Help them
Beneath the facade is really a cry for help.