What’s The Best Way To Handle Another Person’s Hostility And Ease Tensions?

Dr. Purushothaman
February 25, 2024

Every one of us has experienced hostile and angry people at some point in our lives. These people are present everywhere. They can be at your workplace, relatives, friends, etc. When you are involved in such confrontations, it is important to use the correct approach and calm down the situation. In this article, we list come some of the best ways to handle another person’s hostility and ease tensions.

  • The most important thing to do when someone is confronting or being hostile to you is to protect yourself first. If you feel and understand that you are not able to cope with the situation it’s better that you keep away from the present situation for at least some time. If required, take the help and support of people around you to ease tensions.
  • Your happiness and time is the most valuable thing. Involve yourself in hostile situations only if something important is at stake. If it is not important, avoid involving yourself in a negative situation. And in case you have to involve yourself in the situation make sure you maintain a good distance from that person while calming him down.
  • When a situation is not under control and a person goes hostile, the first thing to do in such a scenario is to keep your head cool. This will avoid escalation of the situation and help in dealing with tension. The less reactive and cool you are, the better you can handle the situation.
  • When a person is in a hostile mood, avoid taking anything he says to you personally. Be mindful of the situation and instead of being reactive become proactive. Just try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and help him deal with the situation in a calm manner.
  • When you are dealing with a hostile situation, make sure that you know your rights and recognize that they are not violated. Try to settle the situation by expressing your feelings and opinions. Allow the other person to keep his viewpoints without violating your rights. And in case you feel things can go out of hand, tell him the consequences if your rights are violated. Sometimes the fear of being taken by police or authorities calms down the situation.
  • The most effective tool to handle another person’s hostility and ease tensions is effective communication. Use your words wisely and strengthen your position. Good communication skills can help in turning things and negotiate in highly tense situations.
  • Most people turn hostile to weak people. When you notice someone is perceiving you to be weaker and trying to bully you, remain strong and show them spine. When you stand for your rights and show them that you can fight back, they often back down.

The above mentioned are some of the ways to handle another person’s hostility and ease tensions. Controlling such situations in most cases require skilful communication. When you can control hostile situations you feel less grief, develop good relationships and have higher confidence in life.  If at any point in life, you feel that you lack the art of controlling hostile and tense situations, you may get in touch with Living In Wellbeing’s expert counsellors. They will help you in learning the art and skills required to take control of such situations.

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