If you’re like a lot of us, a big part of the stress comes from dealing with differing personalities. We focus a lot on those special difficult people as the stressors, but the truth is the other person doesn’t have to be especially difficult or negative to cause you stress or anxiety; they simply have to be very different than your own. Here are some examples of personality differences that can cause stress.
You love quiet – the person in the next cube/office listens to talk radio – or music you find irritating.
You are super cheerful and laugh a lot – the guy nearest to you scowls every time you laugh.
In meetings you get excited by the ideas being discussed and love to throw out ideas as they come to you – management wants you to present every idea in writing. For you this loses spontaneity and you benefit much more from instant feedback which gives you a better feel for if you even want to proceed further with the idea.
Then, of course, there are the toxic people – they put you down, they say No to everything before even considering. They just seem to have a life filled with stress, negativity and trauma or they don’t take anything seriously, or they take everything too seriously….fill in the blanks, you know who they are.