The Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships: Dealing With Difficult Relatives and Other People Who Stress You Out

Bert Diament
Personal Improvement / Health & Fitness

Course Description

In 1992, Rodney King, who had been severely beaten by some LA police officers, asked “Can’t we all just get along?” Some answer this question with: “Because there are some people who drive me crazy!” Others will lament that some family members, especially in-laws, have hurt their feelings, been ungrateful, have insulted or rejected them, etc. We can always decide not to have anything to do with people whom we experience as toxic. However, what if it is in our best interest to have a decent relationship with these difficult people for a variety of reasons, like: wanting to maintain cohesion within one’s family, needing the cooperation of that "neighbor from hell," not wanting to anger the individual who owes us a lot of money, and so on? This presentation will demonstrate, with some research evidence and interesting and sometimes humorous anecdotes, how to interact with people, particularly relatives you can’t stand.

About the Instructor

  • A Florida licensed psychologist, Bert Diament, PhD is a graduate of Albert Einstein’s Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He provides brief goal-oriented therapy to individuals and couples.  He has presented at Lifelong Learning in Jupiter and Boca Raton and to area residents and mental health professionals.  He is an associate fellow and therapy training supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York. He has trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and the Westchester Institute for Family Therapy. He is also a Gottman Institute certified Seven Principles of Marriage educator. Diament was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to children and families from the Connecticut Association of School Psychologists and has been elected to Diplomate status in the area of Professional Psychotherapy by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy.