Expert Shows Yourwellness Magazine How to Deal with Difficult People

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Yourwellness Magazine was granted exclusive access to Jane Bailey Bain, author of new book LifeWorks: Using myth and archetype to develop your life story, who showed her way of dealing with difficult people.

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Although everyone is an individual, there are actually only a limited number of basic character types.

For life coach Jane Bailey Bain, author of new book LifeWorks: Using myth and archetype to develop your life story, difficult people can come from anywhere. She explained to Yourwellness Magazine that whether it’s a spiteful colleague, a nosy neighbour, a pushy parent or a flaky friend, people often react to difficult people by falling into a habitual role, which makes it harder to change the status quo.

Jane told Yourwellness Magazine that her book is based on using archetypes to change the way people are perceived. “Although everyone is an individual, there are actually only a limited number of basic character types. These characters are easy to recognise because they appear everywhere: they seem to be part of the human psyche. The psychologist, CG Jung, called these universal figures ‘archetypes’.”

Jane noted that the archetype a person portrays affects how others respond, but sometimes people are quick to assign a person’s archetype to them before getting to know them, and blame the person, rather than the relationship, when things go wrong. Jane gave Yourwellness Magazine five tips for changing the situation:

1.    Think about a time when this situation has occurred before. What happened, where did it happen and why did it happen?
2.    Who else was involved in the situation? How did the person who caused the most trouble act and why?
3.    Why does this current situation and person remind you of that time? Are there similarities in how they dress, talk or behave? What do they represent?
4.    What behaviour are you exhibiting around them?
5.    What role would be better to enact? Find an object that symbolises this new role and have it on hand the next time the person or situation appears.

LifeWorks: Using myth and archetype to develop your life story is published by O-Books and available from major retailers.

Visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com for more information.

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