MEAN PEOPLE don’t always look like cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash in real life. But, they do exist.


Chances are you’ve dealt with a mean person or two (possibly more) in your own life. I certainly have. If you haven’t…lucky you. But, chances are pretty good that you will someday. Be prepared!

It’s very important that you know something that’s true about most mean people— somebody, somewhere was mean to them. Another truth about mean people is that many of them are secretly insecure and do not feel good about themselves. A lot of mean people do not like themselves. That’s why they lash out and take pleasure in making the lives of others so miserable. It’s no wonder how they become so good at it.

Here’s how to handle the mean people you encounter in life. First, understand that the way a mean person treats you is more a reflection of who they are— do not let their mistreatment of you define the way you see yourself. Second, realize that you do not deserve to be mistreated in any way. Third, make the decision to remove this person and their mean energy from your space…as soon as possible.

Whether you choose to feel sorry for them or wish them well is completely up to you. Just do so from a distance. In other words, be so long gone that you remain out of this mean person’s reach. These choices are in your best interest. Surround yourself with people who treat you with kindness and respect, who support you, and whose company you enjoy. Your life will be a much, much better place once you remove the mean from it.


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