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Dealing With Difficult Personalities

Dealing with Difficult People

We’ve all been there…

You get up one day and you feel like you can take on the world. You’re positive, you’re upbeat, and you feel the power of the Holy Spirit surging within you! And then, you encounter someone in the course of that day that completely brings you down from your mountain top. 

It can be one word, one comment, one interaction, or even one question from this person that just completely ruins the rest of your day.

These, my friends, are known as difficult personalities. We all have them in our circle. Some are family, some are friends, some are co-workers or acquaintances. And yes, some of them are… us. 

These are the people your mom warned you about, and dealing with them can really take the wind out of you.

In this episode, we’ll examine who these personalities are, and the best ways we can deal with them.

In this episode you will:

Learn to identify the 7 most common difficult personalities.

Understand how to deal with their different idiosyncrasies.

Learn how to practice self-preservation and keep a safe distance.

Learn the 6 rules Believers must know to deal with any difficult personalities.

Memorable Quotes: 

The effect of difficult relationships—whether they make us or break us—is determined, not by the treatment we receive but by how we respond to it.” – John C. Maxwell

“There are some people we just love with the love of the Lord, but not our own.”

“Some people don’t step up when they are given more responsibility, they just keep stepping on other people.”

“Hurt people hurt people.”

“Life chooses your acquaintances, but you choose your relationships.” 

“Negativity weighs down and quenches the Holy Spirit and Faith.”

“As believers, we are called to love even our enemies… but sometimes the easiest way to love people is from a safe distance.”

Recommended Resources:

How to Be a People Person, John C. Maxwell

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

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About the author, Sebastien

Sebastien Richard is a certified John Maxwell Team leadership trainer as well as a busy dad, author, podcaster, Bible teacher, and entrepreneur.

He is the founder and Director of Operations of Thriving on Purpose (, a faith-based leadership and personal growth organization that seeks to empower Kingdom believers through faith, leadership, and personal growth. With his wife (Elisabeth), he co-hosts The Thriving on Purpose weekly podcast.

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