Some people are difficult to talk with, whether it's because they're needy, bullying or constantly in search of special favors, writes Mark Goulston. It's important to assert yourself and not to buy into their self-narratives. "One of the greatest benefits of knowing how to deal with difficult people is that, instead of avoiding situations where you might run into one, you will be able to go anywhere your heart desires," Goulston writes.

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