Ten Simple Rules of Interpersonal Dynamics

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Ten simple rules when dealing with others:

1. When invited to another person’s home, whether they are family or friends, for a party or other get together, never show up empty handed.

2. Never overstay your welcome. It’s not hard to figure out when you’ve overstayed your welcome anywhere. It becomes readily apparent as soon as the rubicon is crossed.

3. Always say less than is necessary…

4. Always maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to. It conveys honesty and fortitude.

5. Give constructive criticism when it is warranted.

6. Always listen to constructive criticism. When given by people with whom you’d seek advice from, accept it. When given by others, listen anyway, but consider the source.

7. Remember that family and friends, especially and including spouses and children, are a complement to your life, not the center of it.

8. Try to read or write something of value everyday. It enables you to build your conversation skills.

9. Tell or show the important people in your life how much you appreciate them. You’ll almost always get it back.

10. You are the average of the kind of people you spend the most time with. If you hang out with five alcoholics, you’ll soon be number six. Conversely, if you hang out with successful people, you will soon be amongst them.

-The Rational Ram

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