There are a lot of times in our life that we have to deal with difficult situations and also to deal with a lot of different types of difficult people.
Imagine how many types of difficult people might exist out there in the world. And now just imagine dealing with all those people in your work environment.
I will try to give you a complete guide, article or even if you want it to tell it a complete research review of all the difficult people that you might meet in your everyday lives and also I will try to give you tips and tricks of how to deal with them.
First of all we have to know how many different types of difficult people we will may meet in our everyday life and especially we have to be able to identify all those types in our workplace.
I have managed to make a list of 13 different types of difficult personalities that someone might meet and I will try to give an informative description of those types.
- The Volcano
- The Sniper
- The Chronic Complainer
- The Clam
- The Tank
- The Know it All person
- The Think Know it All person
- The Grenade
- The Yes Person
- The Maybe person
- The Nothing person
- The No person
- The Whiners
Before going deep into describing all these personalities I would like to emphasize into one point. Dealing with these personalities does not mean that you have to avoid them when you recognize them but you can use your knowledge to turn them into allies. You prefer having a difficult personality person as an ally rather than an enemy.
You have always to remember some more things. Behavior is a kind of situation that especially people with difficult personalities demonstrate when they feel threatened, when they don’t get what they really want or even when they face undesirable circumstances. So by having these in mind it is a lot easier to cope with them.
One last thing I want to mention in this introduction before going deeper to the people’s personalities is that people can change, people aren’t their behavior, people demonstrate patterns of behavior and that balance is the key.
So by having all the above in your mind you can know two more things for sure. You ca encourage people to change and also you have to know when to give up.
By encouraging people to change and not avoiding or ignoring them they might not change completely but you will have achieved to at least change their behavior during your presence. You encourage them to learn new coping skills so you have one more ally to count on.
And by knowing when to give up you can achieve a win – win situation. Some people may suffer from many more things than a difficult personality only. They may cope with difficult problems in their personal lives as well. You have to keep in mind that you are not able to see through the person’s whole life and that you cannot say for sure someone’s story of his entire life.
When you deal with difficult people your coping mechanisms improve for sure and then it will be a win-win situation for sure.
I think that this is enough with the introduction things and it is time to move one by seeing each and every category separately.
There are only 13 categories to be analyzed in this review but I believe that they are completely enough to just give you a big taste of what we are dealing with in our every day’s lives. By the end of this article I am sure that every one of you would be versed enough to deal and cope with every different situation of any difficult type of personality that you will deal with. So here we go.
First of all we have The Volcano type of people. The Volcano is always abrupt, intimidating, domineering, arrogant and always prone to making personal attacks. He or she always use an extremely and completely aggressive approach to get whatever he or she wants. He or she may behave like an adult who is having a temper tantrum. Also keep in mind that The Volcano type of personality people do not have any problem in making a scene even it is in public places.
Then we have The Sniper type of people. You will recognize this category of people very easily. The Sniper type of people are highly skilled in passive aggressive behavior. He or she is always mean spirited and always work in a way to sabotage his/her leaders or colleagues. The Sniper also engages in non – playful teasing.
The Chronic Complainer is the type of people which comes next. They are whiny, they always find some sort of problem and/or fault in every single situation and above all they always blame and accuse others for problems and mistakes which might occur. The Chronic Complainer type of people are also self-righteous. They see it as their own responsibility to complain to set things right but they never come up with any kind of solution to the problem that they complain about.
The next category to analyze a little bit is The Clam category of people. You will recognize The Clam people by simply their behavior and without getting any further to know them better. They are disengaged and always unresponsive and they are always closing down when you try to have or start a conversation with them. Clam people always avoid answering direct questions and they never participate as a team member. Clam people are an easy category to recognize so further analysis is not needed.
The next category are The Tank people. The Tank people are confrontational pointed and always angry. So it is an easy category to recognize too, so I will just keep on introducing more categories.
Know it All people is a very interesting category to say some things about. Know it All people are seldom in doubt. They always have a low tolerance for correction and contradiction. If something goes wrong they always know who to blame and they will always speak with the same authority about it.
The next category is also a very interesting one. The Think Know it All people. This category is having some similarities with the previous one but also some differences. The Think Know it All people know that they cannot fool all the people all time round. They know that they can only fool a little amount of people for little time and this is what they do so as to attract attention. They just know how to learn just enough things about a subject or a topic only just to be confident about it and sound like they completely know of what they are talking about.
The Grenade Person is a category that we all want to avoid in our lives. And that is because of their aggressive behavior. The Grenade person usually explodes into unfocussed ranting and raving about things that have nothing to do with presence. And this explosion comes always after a brief period of calm. It is like the calm before the storm kind of thing.
So the ninth type of personality that I want to analyze is known as the Yes Person. In an effort to please other people the Yes Person type of personality always say yes without just thinking things through. They just do it to avoid confrontation but they usually makes thing worse than they should be.
The Maybe Person is another weird category. When it comes in a moment of decision the Maybe Person just procrastinates in the hope that will come up eventually by itself. So it is a category of living all the things in chance.
The No Person is of the last categories to analyze in this little review. A No Person always kills momentum. He/She always creates friction for you. Deadly to morale, powerful and able to defeat big ideas with just a single word. They are always disguised in a way that they seem as a mild mannered normal person and they always fight a never ending battle for futility.
The last category to analyze here and then just go deeper in analysis and giving tips of dealing with every single one of them. So the last category to see is called Whiners. So how can you recognize a Whiner type of person? It is easy enough. Whiners feel helpless and overwhelmed by an unfair world. They have perfection as one of their standards and nothing and no one can measure up to it. So whenever come to a person with a standard of perfection you know that you have met a Whiner.
By this point I think that you all have a spherical opinion of the different personalities that we are all dealing in our everyday life. But are there any particular differences between “normal” types of personalities and difficult types of personalities? How exactly do they differ from all of us?
People teen to demonstrate different kind of behaviors from time to time. Behaviors such as arguing a point over and over and most of the times they are choosing their own self-interest over what is the best for the team. They rather talk than listen and they usually show disrespect. This type of behavior can become habit easy enough. There are many times that people with this sort of behavior had received feedback or even criticism about their behavior but they do not seem to make a consistent change!