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Difficult people - some types

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Posted by Jan den Breejen ( on September 02, 2003 at 07:38:51:

Anybody can type these?

This is something we all have to do at some time or other in our lives. It’s not encountering these sort of people that is the problem, but rather the affect they have on us and our feelings. In other words it’s how we deal with them. The trick is not to play their games. The following is a list of the type of person that you may have to come into contact with. I’m sure you can think of many more:

1. The Nosy Parker

This type of person is on a mission to find out as much juicy information about you as possible. You rarely find out much about them. The nosey parker can in general be divided into 2 separate types: the ones who ask you direct questions that take you aback or the more cunning sort of NP. This sort will start off with general chit chat, even complimenting you, this can lull you into a false sense of security as they prepare to go in for the kill. Generally, the aim is to knock you off your guard and provoke some sort of reaction from you.

2. The Manipulator

You will know you are in the presence of the Manipulator because you will feel controlled, a little like a puppet whose strings are being pulled. The Manipulator orchestrates everything towards their own ends. There is an ulterior motive even if they appear to be doing something for you. They will use you, abuse you and drop you like a hot potato when you are no further use to them.

3. The Victim

This person is of the “Poor Me” variety. They tend to latch on to the nice caring person, who will take time to listen to them. They are not to be confused with someone who genuinely needs help. The world is against them. They phone you up, usually when you’re busy or watching your favourite TV programme and keep you on the telephone for ages. You end up feeling like a sponge.

4. The Meddler

This person loves to stir things up! The technique they use is very cunning. Generally, they stir up a problem that was never actually there, especially if it involves a few people. Meddlers can be found in the workplace, classroom etc. When they’ve stirred everything up, they step back out of it. They get someone to fire the arrows for them.

5. The Parasite

This sort of person is a freeloader. They always want something from you, be it your money, your time etc. Often they will turn up at your door expecting a favour or to be fed and watered. If they borrow money from you, you rarely get it back, and if you do it’s a struggle to get it.

6. The Know It All

Whatever you do they’ve done it already and can do it better. If you’ve just tried a new recipe for something they know the magic ingredients etc. An authority on everything and very boring to be around.

7. The Drama King/Queen

This person loves centre stage and is prone to exaggeration and catastrophising. You will know when you are in the company of this person when you hear them relating tales to others. The things and events they describe are bigger, better or far worse than you remembered them. In fact the incident they recall sounds totally different to your perception of it.

8. The Wind Up Merchant

This person takes great pleasure in winding you up, by pushing the right buttons. They take great delight in watching you get upset/angry/worked up etc.

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