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February 26, 2009

How do I politely tell my roommate that she is being rude?

Question: My roommate is a very nice person but lately she is driving me crazy! She has a bad habit of cutting you off before you finish a thought/ sentence. IT is very annoying and she is old enough to know that this behavior is rude (28 years old). It is so bad that I don’t even want to talk to her because I am so irritated and she is always at the house and wanting to hang out until we go to bed. So how do I politely tell her that she is driving me nuts?

Answer: Is there really a “polite” way to tell someone else they’re being “rude”? Probably not, but I digress … there is nothing like living with someone to make their little ticks and foibles seem completely unliveable – been there, done that. The habit you’re talking about is annoying, particularly when you are sharing a space with that person, since it means there’s nowhere to go to get away from them! However, let’s be honest: there are definitely worse habits your roommate could have (trust me, I could tell you some stories!), right? So how do you deal with this small-yet-annoying problem? Find some space for yourself. Just because you live together doesn’t mean you have to hang out 24/7, right? Tell her you are busy, you are tired, whatever you need to tell her to get some time alone. As for the interrupting problem, don’t let her cut you off; simply keep talking, even a little louder if necessary. If you don’t give in, she will have to stop talking at some point. Eventually, she’ll get the hint. Good luck!

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