Getting along with difficult people is not the same as justifying or turning a blind eye to what is unacceptable, such as bullying or discrimination. But if they’re simply rubbing you up the wrong way, offering viewpoints that are different to your own, or holding fast to an issue that will dissipate over time, you should probably let it slide.
In the end, we so often feel the need to be right. That’s our egos at play.
The key lies in being empathetic, looking at the situation from the other person’s perspective, and being curious rather than judgmental.
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