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It’s Time To Play . . . The Family Feud! November 24, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

No matter how mature your relatives act everyday, when thrown together at the holidays, they are apt to regress ~ forcing others to deal with their issues.

“Experience has taught them that this behavior succeeds in getting people to focus on them and their agendas,” says Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.

While we can’t control their actions, we can control how we  respond, relate, and react ~ how you relate to the issue IS the issue. 

In How to Avoid Holiday Family Fights, authorities on etiquette and family dynamics offer strategies for handling a tableful of problem personalities:

200px-Philippe_Sylvestre_Dufour_Chocolat_17th_century* The Constructive Critic
* The Slacker
* The Cheerleader
* The Exaggerator
* The Martyr
* The Passive-Aggressor
* The Oversharer
* The Whiner
* The Bully
* The Busybody
* The Pontificator
* The Gossip
* The Emotional Wreck
* The Grinch
* The Drunk Uncle

Since you, of course, are perfect . . . just keep up the good work.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Artswebshow - November 24, 2010

I’ll bear this in mind next time up pick up the empty bottle by the neck. lol
Great post

nrhatch - November 24, 2010

Sounds like you’re planning a bar room brawl. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

2. viewfromtheside - November 25, 2010

fortunately our family gatherings are usually easy going

nrhatch - November 25, 2010

Same here, but it may be because we’re so spread out that we’re rarely ALL together at once.

Reading the article’s descriptions of the personality types definitely had me nodding along a few times ~ “I know him!”

But I also see a bit me in a few of the descriptions ~ like the . . . 🙂

3. Cindy - November 25, 2010

That’s why you’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties … 😉

nrhatch - November 25, 2010

If I’m not the hostess, I gravitate toward the kids’ area and get a kid fix.

If there aren’t any young kids around willing to put up with my fun and games agenda, I head for the kitchen and offer to help OR grab a drink, sit in the corner, and WATCH. 🙂

4. Ollin - November 25, 2010

Thanks! Hehe, this is funny because my dad is known as “The Grinch.” We always call him that. Although it’s a miracle that this year he seems to be getting in the christmas spirit. How odd. Right?

nrhatch - November 25, 2010

The Grinch is my FAVORITE animated Christmas special! And Scrooge and Christmas Carol are my favorite Holiday movies.

There is something about a tale of redemption that just warms my cockles and brings joy to my heart.

5. Debra - November 25, 2010

Oh yes! this post is right on the mark. Be well and Enjoy!

nrhatch - November 26, 2010

Thanks, we are ALL a bunch of characters, are we not? 😉

6. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 26, 2010

Have I mentioned that I hate the holidays? Well I do.

nrhatch - November 26, 2010

I love some things about the holidays (joy and goodwill), while not be a fan of other things about the holidays (excess commercialism and forced gaiety).

7. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 26, 2010

Oh and I’m not the grumpy one who spoils everything. 🙂

nrhatch - November 26, 2010

Watch the Grinch . . . and your heart for the holidays will grow 3 sizes!!! 😉

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