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5 Intelligent Ways to Deal With Closed-Minded People

Close-minded people are very certain and dogmatic in their views, and generally believe that there is a single correct point of view.

Don’t take what they say personally

Don’t take what they say personally
Don’t take what they say personally
Remember, you cannot change the way they think. They are highly opinionated. And their opinions were built over a period of many years. It will not change overnight. Also, it is none of your business to change them. So, better not to take anything they say to heart. Even if they irk you a lot, it is better to keep your calm.

Let them speak

Let them speak
Let them speak
Give them your ears and stay calm without getting into an argument as that could only escalate into a fight or even worse. When in discussion, best would be to stick to facts and figures so there is little room for personal attacks. Remember if you are good at what you do and have enough knowledge no one can make you feel small.

Avoid being aggressive

Avoid being aggressive
Avoid being aggressive
One should be firm and assertive and not aggressive. Using a broken record technique (repeating the statement over and over again) would be extremely effective. They will not agree to your point initially and you may think they aren’t listening. But you are mistaken. If you tell your points firmly, they will listen to you eventually.

Don’t share your personal information

Don’t share your personal information
Don’t share your personal information
When such people ask you certain personal information, avoid it. They are only waiting for an opportunity to share their opinion or rather force you to change certain things. For them it’s their way or the high way. So, don’t give them any details about yourself.

Walk away from them

Walk away from them
Walk away from them
It is better to avoid people who make you feel irritated, at least till you figure out ways to be confident in your own shoes. For instance, you can totally rearrange your schedule, go for lunch at a different time, avoid their calls and of course come up with lot of excuses. You have to protect yourself. Then when you don’t feel as insecure as before, you can resume your old schedule and go back to the same circle of friends.

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