Setting Boundaries with Difficult People

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Once you determine that you want to maintain a relationship with a difficult person, you have to establish boundaries to keep your sanity. Perseverance is the key when setting limits. Stick to your boundaries — they're healthy for you!

How to Set Boundaries with Difficult People:

  • Be assertive, not mean or aggressive.
  • Practice what you plan to say, but be okay with winging it if you need to.
  • Understand that they may have a reaction that is defensive or passive-aggressive.
  • Prepare yourself to repeat your boundary because difficult people will test you.
  • Try not to take it personally if they have their own agenda for you.

This post is part of a series by Nedra Glover Tawwab, a licensed therapist and sought-after relationship expert. For more wisdom from Nedra, follow her on Instagram @nedratawwab or check out her website,

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