Whether it’s a friend, classmate, co-worker, or even a relative, there will always be people who we simply don’t like. Maybe it’s because of their guts, or maybe they’re just plain annoying. Even so, if there’s not much of an issue between you two and you just want to maintain a healthy environment, there are tons of ways to do so. Here are only some of them.

Just don’t show it

Of course, there are varying levels to this. There’s a difference between not liking someone and actually hating them with a passion. If you’re still at a level where you just think of the person as annoying, then don’t think too much about it and just don’t show the other person that you don’t like them. Chances are, this person doesn’t really know that you don’t like him too. This is simply the best and easiest way to avoid tension and conflict.

Stay calm and collected

On the other hand, if the tension gets really high and you’ve already shown signs of hostility towards each other, it will be best to remain calm during a confrontation. But then again, this is easier said than done, especially if you really hate this person. Staying calm, though, will still be ideal in heated scenarios. For one, you can deliver your feelings and thoughts better. If you speak too emotionally, you won’t convey the message as effectively. You can also prevent the conflict from becoming an all-out fight.

Keep in mind that you’re both different

When you start to dislike someone, try to remember that they act the way they do because you are both different people. You won’t always share the same interests. There are some things he/she likes that you don’t. When you remember this, it’ll be easier for you to avoid thinking of someone in a bad light. But then again, you can’t really like someone instantly because of that. So, just think the way you want to but keep it to yourself.

Don’t take the bait

For the most part, the people we hate are those who try to pick on us or bully us. Whether it’s at school or at work, there’s always going to be that one person who does that. If you encounter a person who keeps belittling you, control your emotions and don’t be aggressive. Showing your anger will only make them feel more powerful. What you can do instead is to ask probing questions like what their problem is with you in particular. This will turn the spotlight on them shows them if they want you to treat them with respect, they should earn it.