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AirTalk asks: How do you handle ‘negative’ people in life?




A local woman argues with one of the squatters occupying a building on Endell Street, London, 1969.
A local woman argues with one of the squatters occupying a building on Endell Street, London, 1969.
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Your day is going just fine, until someone comes along (whether knowingly or not) and completely kills the mood with their bad vibes.

Maybe it’s the angry driver who cut you off on the freeway and flipped the bird, or that one co-worker who always finds something in the office to complain about, like the unbearable temperature in the room, the terrible breakroom coffee, the impossible workload to finish, etc.

And it might not even be the complaints themselves that bother you. It’s the way they’re presented. You know, that negative, pessimistic tone.

So how do you manage when encountering chronic negativity? If you’re a generally positive person, is it better to just ignore unfavorable sentiments all together? Or are there times when confrontation has actually helped you? And should building resilience to negativity start from a young age? If so, how as parents have you talked to your kids? Call 866-893-9722 to share your best tips.

Guest:

Darby Saxbe, Ph.D, assistant professor of psychology at USC and director at the NeuroEndocrinology of Social Ties (NEST) Lab, where she focuses on the impact of stress, well-being and close relationships on mental and physical health