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Getting Along With Others

To be successful in dealing with people, you should:

  1. Listen to what is being said when another person talks to you.
  2. Say something positive if you agree with what the person said. If you don’t agree, say something that won’t cause an argument. Use a calm vocal tone.
  3. Show interest in what the other person has to say. Try to understand his or her point of view.

Reasons for using the skill, Getting Along With Others: It is important to get along with others because you will be working and dealing with other people all of your life. If you can get along with others, you are more likely to be successful in whatever you do. Getting along shows sensitivity and respect, and makes it more likely that other people will behave the same way. In other words, treat others the way you want to be treated!

Sometimes it is not easy to get along with others. If someone does something that you do not like, or says something negative, you may feel like behaving the same way. Don’t! Stop yourself from saying things that can hurt others’ feelings. Teasing, cursing and insults will only make matters worse. It is better to ignore others’ negative behavior than to act like them.

Getting along with others takes some effort. It is hard to understand why some people act the way they do. Try to put yourself in their place and maybe it will be easier to understand.

If you find that you don’t like someone’s behavior, it is better to say nothing rather than something negative.
 

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