How To Handle Negative People

GabbyBernsteinI have a weekly radio show on Hay House radio every Wednesday. The show before mine is hosted by one of my favorite authors, Dr. Christiane Northrup, so I often listen to the last fifteen minutes of her program. Even as a passive listener of Dr. Northrup’s show I always pick up some kind of incredible wisdom and advice. On one show a caller complained that her mother loved to rant about how miserable she was. The caller went on to say, “my mother hates life and doesn’t believe in happiness.”

When I heard this comment I perked up with curiosity wondering how she would answer. As usual, Dr. Northrup’s response was spot on and when I applied it in my own life it greatly helped me handle negative people. In this video I share her tip and offer you the opportunity test-drive this exercise in your own relationships. Practice this tool and let me know how it goes by posting a comment below. I expect miracles!




Gabrielle Bernstein is the bestselling author of Spirit Junkie, Add More ~ing to Your Life, and  May Cause Miracles.

  • lizilynx

    What a helpful way to allow the person feeling the negativity to be seen and heard, instead of the witness trying to side-step and resist and try to “fix” the negativity. We all have moments when we are literally a victim – and by allowing ourselves to feel these feelings and have them validated through a witness, we can then move forward into empowerment. Thank you, Gabby, for sharing this tool! :o)

  • LaurenSmith2

    Excellent video, Gabby. This is very encouraging, especially for those of us who work at an office that can be full of negative energy. I also highly recommend Susan Spira’s book, Happy Shorts, which is a positive and uplifting read that women especially can easily identify themselves or their experiences in her essays. I’ve also read her two other books, One-Liners For Life, and The Happy Tips Book, which are equally encouraging. You can find the author’s website here: