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Ignoring Trouble

Ignoring problematic situations and hoping that if one waits long enough, the situation will disappear, is the strategy adopted by many. Avoidance may be appropriate when the issue is trivial or when a problem is symptomatic of more pressing problems. However, ignoring trouble is inappropriate most of the time, because most problems do not go away on their own.

Because of their intense need to be liked, some people refuse to give others critical feedback for fear that they will not be liked. They tend to avoid conflict at all costs. They may also genuinely believe that they are not sufficiently competent to give feedback to others, because they are not above critical feedback themselves. But none of us is exempt—so that excuse is a poor one.


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