Top 10 Ways to Deal with Life's Most Annoying People


Originally posted by Whitson Gordon for LifeHacker Top 10

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Let's level for a second: there are some people in the world that are just plain annoying. From the guy that parks in your spot all the way up to the boss that does everything he can to make your life miserable, we all have to deal with horrible people once in awhile. Here's how to do it best.

10. The Grocery Store Douchebag

It's a small annoyance to be sure, but there's always that one person at the grocery store who just grinds your gears. The guy who steals your parking spot, then takes the last box of Dunkaroos, then cuts in line in front of you. If you aren't the uber-patient type, we've shared some tips about how to deal with an asshole parker and how to deal with people that cut in line. Though if it actually is the same person that does both of those things, they're probably just a jerk and you're better off stealing their Dunkaroos.

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9. The Sloppy Roommate

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Finding a good roommate can be a crapshoot. Sometimes, you just end up with a slob and have to learn to live with it. But, before you get all huffy, try to solve things amicably. There are a lot of things you can do to make the situation better (and become a better roommate yourself). Of course, if it gets really bad, then you can think about evicting them. Photo by Diego Cervo (Shutterstock).

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8. The Negative, Irrational Arguer

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Whether is one of your close friends or that guy in your office that just wants to pick a fight, we all know someone who's overly negative and just likes to argue. Dealing with their negativity is the first step to cohabitation, but once they actually get you roped into an argument, you're on different ground. In those cases, you're better off getting out of the argument rather than spurring it on, no matter how irrational they are (and no matter how much you know you're right). Though...you should make sure you are right, first. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Photo by Jinga (Shutterstock).

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7. The Overbearing Family Member

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No matter how much you love your family (or friends), we all know a few people that can just get a little high maintenance from time to time and stress you out. The best thing you can do is set clear boundaries so they don't get under your skin too much. But, seeing as that isn't always an option, you'll also need to learn how to deal with that kind of stress when you're forced to be around them for long periods of time. Just remember to choose your battles wisely. Photo by Lisa F. Young (Shutterstock).

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