I am sure we’ve all come across negative people who you’d rather not deal with, but walking away isn’t always an option.
Negativity is a means of them gaining attention. They may subconsciously not even be aware they are being negative, they usually see the negative in others, but we don’t have to convince others of what we know is right.
Whatever views we bring to the table, being around someone negative may always be met with opposition. Whatever we say, they will find ten different reasons to put their own negative stance on it.
If we have little choice about being with them, we need to keep the conversation simple. We mustn’t talk about the things we know they’ll struggle with. If we know the person well enough, we will already know which conversations to avoid.
It is easy for a conversation to strike up resentment, so think about sticking to lighter topics that are less controversial. Know your audience too, because that helps understand what you can talk about.
Always try to perceive a negative person in a positive way, so that what they say becomes positive for you and take responsibility for your own perceptions so that you remain positive, even if the other person isn’t.
It’s a skill that we must continue to hone, but failing that you might choose to limit your time with them.