How To Deal With Difficult Neighbors, According To A Conflict Expert

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Have realistic expectations

Like with any change, progress takes time. You can’t expect a neighbor to totally transform overnight.  “When we are talking about changed behavior, durable and lasting change usually requires some recognition by the person that something needs to change and an understanding as to why the change must occur,” Peterman says. “When neighbors are in conflict, they are not usually presenting the best version of themselves. Learning more about what is going on and filling in the gaps instead of assuming that you have all of the facts can go a long way in helping you to find balance between what is reasonable and unreasonable for you and your neighbor. You have to define what those terms mean to you.”

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