No matter who you are or where you are in life, we all deal with ignorant people. Individuals whose sole purpose in your life – currently – is to look down on you, refuse to listen to what you have to say, demean you, even provoke you to anger and depression.
And while it’s far from easy to live your life without dealing with ignorant people, it is possible for you to deal with them in a reasonable, non-violent and emotionally rewarding manner. The following are five tips on how to deal with ignorant people.
Tips On How To Deal With Ignorant People
LOWER YOUR STANDARDS – One reason why you may find yourself frustrated by other people’s ignorance is because you have unrealistic expectations. We are programmed to give others the benefit of the doubt. We tend to think that at the end of the day, others will do the right thing by us.
Different people may have different backgrounds, different opinions or different priorities in their life. Remind yourself that the “average” person isn’t going to meet your high expectations of how a person should think and act, and reconsider your standards set for them accordingly.
IGNORE THEM – Ignorant people and rude people are similar in the sense that they both need attention. The rude person is invasive to get attention while the ignorant person can be a “know-it-all”. The ignorant person wants to impress people with his mental abilities and may do so in a standoffish way.
However, both the ignorant person and the rude person can be equally annoying. But you can deal with the ignorant person just like you would the rude person. That is, ignore them. In fact, ignoring the ignorant person is perhaps the best way to deal with them; they need the attention of others to make them feel good about what they think they know.
BE KIND – Be kind to someone who irritates you? This sounds difficult and perhaps it is. But if you understand that ignorant people are not always well informed and not necessarily bad, then you can access empathy for them. Many ignorant people learned to talk about or say things from one-off experiences or hearsay. They also have learned to give input without knowing all the facts.
You can often deal with ignorant people by just gently and rationally educating them about the situation. Being kind not only helps you down the road, but it also has the potential of placing you in a good position with the ignorant person. And the ignorant person may be better off for it.
SPEAK TO THE PERSON – Some ignorant people can be hard headed about their behaviour, primarily because they may have a deep need to protect their ego from correction or worse, being wrong. This type of ignorant person can be a little more difficult to deal with. However, in some instances, you can deal with them by taking them aside, away from distractions, and explain how their behavior is damaging their reputations.
This could be especially effective for employers to utilize with ignorant employees that just don’t seem to get it otherwise. There is little that could disrupt morale and production more than an ignorant person that is prattling on work related issues that they really don’t totally understand or gossiping about who will be laid-off when they are not part of management and in the know.
HAVE PATIENCE – Many ignorant people don’t realize that they don’t know everything involved in the particular situation, but instead, assume that they do with the little information that have. They can be very presumptuous too. But, again, this doesn’t make them bad people. One of the most effective tools you can use in dealing with ignorant people is patience.
Using patience helps you remain calm whenever interacting with ignorant people and helps them to reconsider their notion and think it through before talking. How to deal with ignorant people requires time and patience more than anything else. But also requires you to gently educate the ignorant person so that they can see the whole of a situation before they conclude that they know what it’s all about.
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