47/365 Dude, I'm on the phone

I want to convince you that it’s smart to go out of your way to make the annoying people in your life—the complainers, kvetchers, and obstructers—feel important, too. You’re probably thinking, “Are you nuts? Why would I want to make the people who screw up my life feel valuable, when they aren’t?” The answer is simple. One thing most of these high-maintenance, easy-to-upset, difficult-to-please people have in common is that they feel as if the world isn’t treating them well enough. In essence, they don’t feel important or special enough in the world, usually because their awful personality has gotten in the way of success –Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston M.D.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Put an annoying person in your protagonist’s way. How does he or she react?

Journaling Prompt: How do you react to annoying people? 

Art Prompt: Annoying people

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the problem of annoying people and how to deal with them.

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