3 Ways to Get Stronger Relationships
The Redo: Reassert Your Rights.
Interpersonal conflict often arises when one of two parties doesn't feel valued, appreciated or respected. If that's your situation, it's your responsibility to teach the other person to treat you better. Start by being up-front about your needs. Back in graduate school, I had a professor who was condescending, missed appointments and assigned ridiculous last-minute projects, all the while telling me I'd never succeed. One day I decided to share how I felt: I wanted her to appreciate that my time was as valuable as hers, and that I was taking her class to learn, not for her to browbeat me. I promised to represent our program well, but in exchange, I needed her to treat me with respect—and ultimately, she did.