There will eventually come a time in your life when you'll need to know how to deal with jealous people. People can become jealous for one reason – you have something they want to have for themselves. It may be success, it may be a hot girlfriend, it might be a nice car. Jealousy can rear its head over less obvious things too, like perhaps your happy home life. But at it's core, jealous people want to have something you have. So what are the best ways to deal with jealous people?
- Downplay your successes. This is especially important if the person who is jealous is also someone you care about. If you have a good friend who's having problems on the job, it's not a good idea to carry on about your new promotion. If you value your friendship, don't make a big deal about it.
- See if you can share your fortune. Is your friend jealous of your new relationship? Try hooking him up with one of her girlfriends. In the above workplace situation, perhaps you can find a way to get your friend working on a project with you. Show your friends that just because you've earned something (either through luck or hard work) you haven't forgotten them.
- It's OK to ignore jealous people. If you aren't friends with someone, don't worry about their jealousy. Don't return snide comments and don't pay attention to their pettiness. Paying attention to jealous people only takes you down to their level. If you take the high road, you'll always come out on top. In fact, if you can find a way to repay their jealousy with kindness, you may be able to turn a foe into a lifelong friend.
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