Have a controlling mother-in-law who always manages to get in a few zingers during visits? What about a boss or co-worker who has passive-aggressiveness down to a science? Or perhaps you're blessed with a smarmy teenager who thinks helping out around the house means ordering pizza in for dinner? Admit it. There are probably one or two people in your life that you could improve your relationship with. I know. I know. Right now you are probably sighing and thinking there is no hope and you're not about to start pasting affirmations up all over your house.
Well, you don't have to, according to David J. Lieberman, Ph.D. In Make Peace with Anyone he gives you the tools you need to handle "any conflict, feud, or estrangement within a few minutes." All you have to do is look up your conflict in the Table of Contents and plug in the formula for that particular situation. This way, you don't have to fumble through the whole book when you need to know what to do right then and there.
Maybe you can relate to a few of the following examples on how you can:
- Be forgiven by someone who wants nothing to do with you because you really screwed up.
- Deal with that special someone who is never wrong.
- Handle criticism.
- End a family feud over money.
- Reestablish a relationship after you've said something stupid.
- Keep an argument from turning into a tornado.