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6 Things Unlikeable People Do A Lot

By Sandy Schroeder

It’s tempting to be self-satisfied about social skills. Most of us enjoy others and reach out to connect, but sometimes simple things go awry. That funny comment that was made in jest drops like a stone. That friend who was always there turns cold and just drifts away.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, said there are some things that make us unlikeable whether we realize it or not.

We may assume good looks, talent and a glib tongue make the difference, but recent UCLA research says it’s all about emotional intelligence with sincerity, empathy for others and honesty counting the most at work and out in the world.

Here are some unlikeable behaviors to avoid.

Unstable explosive moments - The minute someone starts yelling, calling names or slamming things around, they are apt to be written off as dangerous co-workers, friends or contacts. Learning how to be cool no matter what happens is really your winning card. That’s what good emotional intelligence looks like.

Rude phone manners - Making your phone the third member of a face-to-face encounter tells the other person where they stand. When you meet with someone, make them the central focus. Turn off your phone and have a real conversation.

Poor listening skills - People who simply run ahead dominating the conversation and talking about themselves often think they are impressing others. Actually, the other person may be just waiting to escape. When someone fails to listen to ask the right questions, conversations die quickly.  

Not being open-minded - We meet all sorts of people, and we don’t have to agree with them, but it is smart to hear what they say. The wisest people that I know are fully informed before they make decisions. Be able to appreciate a range of views to get the job done.

Unable to laugh and connect - Most people know when they meet a genuine person who appreciates  them. They often use a humorous remark and a smile to help everyone relax. That attitude can open the door, helping everyone contribute and get to know each other.

Magnet for gossip - Nothing is a bigger turnoff than listening to gossip. Privately you may wonder how they find  time to get their work done, or what they say about you when you are not there. When gossip comes up, head for the door.

If these disturbing habits seem familiar, do your best to eliminate them and avoid people who exhibit them. Stay focused, reach out, and be honest to enjoy life and those around you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.

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