You're probably bracing for it already.
Those moments over the next however many weeks when you’ll find yourself mingling with people you wish you didn’t have to spend time with. Who, if you weren’t related to them -- or if you didn’t want to see the people who also happen to be related to them -- you wouldn’t even try.
Maybe they have political views that you think are offensive or immoral. Maybe they have an abrasive, combative personality -- they like to pick fights and get a rise out of people. Maybe you’re their common target, and they know just what to say to get under your skin. Maybe they’re just unpredictable, and you’re on edge the whole time because you don’t know what's going to set them off. Or maybe they’re those relatives who are relentlessly negative, cynical, or sullen in ways that bring you down too.
Whatever their specific traits are, one thing is certain: their attitude makes you so uncomfortable that you actually dread the family gatherings that you’d otherwise really look forward to.
But… what if you still could?Read More