How do you deal with the bitter people in your lives? We all have them. From the bitter friend who is unhappy with their job, to the aunt who is bitter because of being alone, to the internet entity who is bitter because of hardships in their lives and they feel the need to spread the bitterness to the world through their keyboard.
I guess it all boils down to how you are at dealing with negative energy manifested through a sad/angry/upset person. I guess one way would be to just ignore them and hope they go away, or you could try and help them out by listening.
I know from personal experience I have one friend that was just so unhappy about everything (job, home, personal life) I loathed when they would call me because inevitably itíd always be a sad depressing conversation. Then they actually found something that truly makes them happy and its amazing the joyful conversations that have happened since then.
With family itís hard because, well, they are family. You love them because they are family and you want them to be happy but in the end all you can be is another family member to them.
Internet entities are a different lot all together. I guess online message boards can be an outlet to the bitter person locked up in a room in some far off land. If there isnít anyone to vent to in their area, why not vent it to the world via the WWW. I guess we can choose to listen, and maybe even lend a helping hand with opinions.
Unfortunately sometimes the bitter negative entity just wont go away, no matter what. Its like they feed off of starting things so that people will enter their lair so that they can LASH OUT! Like a spider with a web, waiting for the inevitable meal to fly into the sticky death net. Iíve seen it happen in every message board I belong too and its sociologically fascinating to me.
Anyway, just curious to see how everyone out there handles the bitter people in their lives. Do you help? Ignore?