How to deal with moody people

I think it is safe to say that all of us, at some point or another, experience moodiness. It’s a rather normal element in the human composition, thanks to hormones and all that fun stuff, but some of us are more severely affected than others when it comes to not only experiencing moodiness, but further, how to appropriately handle it.

I’m a relatively moody person, although I’m pretty well only moody when my time of the month is approaching. That isn’t to say I can be a real bitch for no apparent reason other times, because I certainly can. For the most part, though, I don’t think I’m overly moody, and I can also recognize when I am, which is a trait not all of us possess.

I like to think that I have come to a solid understanding of how to best deal with people who are moody, and it comes in the form of being assertive and calling people out when they’re acting unjustly. Moody or not, and regardless of the reason, you aren’t expected to tolerate a person’s shitty mood swings without objection. Inform them that their actions and behaviors are uncalled for, and make it known you’re not going to act as their doormat when they feel like trampling someone. It almost sounds too good to be true, but the more you prevent people from being moody and acting unpleasantly towards you, the less it will occur. Trust me.

I try to live by the whole take no shit mantra (unless the shit is warranted, which happens), and I think I’m a lot happier in doing so. If you’re going to treat me like an asshole, I’ll do it just the same back, and without remorse, if it is entirely uncalled for.

Moody people aren’t that complicated. Shut them down before they can start up and you will be amazed at what can happen.


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