Dr. Erin Olivo's Tips for Dealing With Annoying Relatives

Don't let family stress ruin your holidays. Here's how to deal with clashing personality types to make it through the season fight-free.

Dr. Erin Olivo's Tips for Dealing With Annoying Relatives

Family gatherings at the holidays are the perfect time to practice an attitude of acceptance. There are some things you just cannot change, and your relatives fall into this category. But if you can learn to accept them and allow them to be who they are, you will suffer less. Here are the most common types of personalities and how to cope with them over the holiday season.

The Over-Indulger

Your brother-in-law Nick always starts off as the life of the party, but as the night goes on, he gets louder and louder and drunker and drunker. You might think this is a good time to have a heart-to-heart talk about his excessive drinking, but it’s not. He’s drunk, and you can’t reason with an intoxicated person.

How to cope: The best thing to do is to ignore him (but don’t let him drive). If his drinking really is a problem, save that conversation for the following day (preferably before happy hour).

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