Oppositional People – With or Without Defiance

When we encounter someone who frequently goes negative on us regarding a new rule, a change of some kind, a proposal or a certain situation, we often default to figuring out what we can do to make them happy – or at least appease them. So we start contemplating what kind of compromise we can strike, or how to better appreciate their objections and respond in a way to gain their favor.

It may be though, that being oppositional is a source of pleasure for them – particularly if you capitulate to their wishes. After all, they’re the “different ones,” their way is better than yours, and therefore they should be heard, such that you can understand the error of your ways.

How to satisfy their objections? Just let them keep objecting while responding with “thank you for your input.” And politely smile when you say this.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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