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How to Deal with Difficult People

A conversation with Dr. Andrea Bonior


There’s no shortage of difficult people in the world. You can find difficult people in the workplace, groups and organizations, in your relationships, and who knows… maybe you even live with a difficult person! 

As Dr. Andrea Bonior says in this week’s She Built This podcast episode, learning how to deal with difficult people is a tool we need in our toolbox because it helps us to navigate these situations with more ease each and every time they come up. 

As we gain resilience and skills in dealing with difficult people, we create better habits and scripts so we can stress less, use less energy, and create stronger boundaries for ourselves.

Relationships are a wonderful part of life but can also be one of the most challenging when we find ourselves encountering difficult people. 

In this episode, with Andrea Bonior, Ph.D, host of the Baggage Check podcast, we talk about how to deal with difficult people and be less of one yourself: 

In this conversation with Dr. Andrea Bonior, we talk about: 

  • The categories/types of difficult people in our lives

  • Why it benefits us to learn these skills and deal with situations and difficult people rather than brushing them aside

  • How to deal with a difficult person with honesty, compassion, and confidence

  • What to do when you’re facing gaslighting and narcissism in a relationship

  • How to handle energy vampires 

  • What do when YOU’RE the difficult person (spoiler alert: we all are at times)

  • Practical techniques for building resilience and patience to deal with difficult people in your life 

  • Suggestions and tools for finding the right therapist or mental health professional for you

  • And more! 

Guest Bio:

Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist on the faculty of Georgetown University, and the best-selling author of “Detox Your Thoughts: Quit Negative Self-Talk for Good and Discover the Life You’ve Always Wanted.” 

She is the host of the mental health talk and advice podcast “Baggage Check,” based on the mental health brand she built at the Washington Post. Dr. Bonior’s blog for Psychology Today has been read more than 25 million times, and she has several popular courses on work-life balance and cognitive skills on the LinkedIn Learning platform. She appears regularly in national media, including contributing frequently to CNN’S The Lead with Jake Tapper. 

Connect with Dr. Andrea Bonior of the Baggage Check podcast: 


The Baggage Check Podcast

Baggage Check Instagram @baggagecheckpodcast

Dr. Andrea’s Instagram @drandreabonior

Detox Your Thoughts Book

About the Host, Emily Aborn Content Writer, Podcaster, and Founder of She Built This 

Emily Aborn is a Content Writer for women entrepreneurs, Podcast Host of Content with Character, Podcast Host of the TOP Women Entrepreneur podcast She Built This, and Founder of She Built This, a community for women entrepreneurs and professionals. She’s been an entrepreneur since 2014 and has experience in running brick-and-mortar as well as online businesses. She’s worked with over 92 different industries and loves helping those with a big mission increase their visibility, connect with their clients, and bring their dreams and visions to life. For fun, Emily enjoys nerdy word games and puzzles, reading, listening to podcasts like they’re going outta’ style, and tromping about in the woods with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Clyde. 

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