Your Foolproof Plan for Dealing With Debbie Downers

Negative people take many different forms—here's how to handle every single one of them.

Do you have a friend or coworker who is consistently bursting your bubble? He or she never sees the silver lining, criticizes a sunny day for being too cold, or is quick to point out the problems with exciting events—like a promotion at work. In this week's episode of "I Want to Like You," Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop consults Tina Gilbertson, psychotherapist and author of Constructive Wallowing ($13, amazon.com), and Elaine Swann, etiquette expert and author of Let Crazy Be Crazy ($10, amazon.com), to learn how to handle negative peopleand ensure you aren't dragged down along with them.

If you're thinking of a coworker who complains every day, or a friend who says, "Yes, but..." to every single positive statement, you need a few conversation strategies—and to know how to decide if you should limit your interactions altogether. Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes.