LIFE LAW: We Teach People How To Treat Us

I have often been guilty of wondering why people don’t treat me the same way I treat them. Sometimes it’s a matter of respect and other times it’s simply a matter of the level of support being given in return. Last night during my reading time, I came across a very good article from Dr. Phil that touched on my exact thought process at the moment and decided to share.

Life Law #8: We teach people how to treat us.

Strategy: Own, rather than complain about, how people treat you. Learn to renegotiate your relationships to have what you want.

You either teach people to treat you with dignity and respect, or you don’t. This means you are partly responsible for the mistreatment that you get at the hands of someone else. You shape others’ behavior when you teach them what they can get away with and what they cannot.

If the people in your life treat you in an undesirable way, figure out what you are doing to reinforce, elicit or allow that treatment. Identify the payoffs you may be giving someone in response to any negative behavior. For example, when people are aggressive, bossy or controlling — and then get their way — you have rewarded them for unacceptable behavior.

Because you are accountable, you can declare the relationship “reopened for negotiation” at any time you choose, and for as long as you choose. Even a pattern of relating that is 30 years old can be redefined. Before you reopen the negotiation, you must commit to do so from a position of strength and power, not fear and self-doubt.

Now that is definitely something we should all live by. To read more of Dr. Phil’s Life Laws, click here.

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