The Science Of Dealing With People You Hate

Raise your hand if you've gotten stuck chatting with someone you hate at a holiday party recently. Whether it's a drunk close-talker or a very vocal amateur nutritionist, there's always a person who's going to put a damper on your evening. But, you don’t have to fake a phone call (or an injury) to avoid someone who’s whiny, selfish, or downright mean. Instead, try these science-backed ways to deal with seven types of difficult people — all while keeping your cool.