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Everyone encounters the occasional nosy person -- the co-worker asking what you went to the doctor for or the friend asking how much you paid for your home. Getting rid of these people isn't always an easy task. "Psychology Today" points out that mos

How to get rid of nosy people

Everyone encounters the occasional nosy person -- the co-worker asking what you went to the doctor for or the friend asking how much you paid for your home. Getting rid of these people isn't always an easy task. "Psychology Today" points out that most people aren't nosy in an effort to be annoying -- they're asking questions out of curiosity, sympathy or concern. Deal with the situation with as much grace as possible to avoid hurt feelings.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Instructions

1 Assess how badly you want to get rid of the person. Some of the nosy people in your life may be the ones that you can't completely avoid, like neighbours or family members, while others are people you could fully get away from, like a person on the subway or a friend of a friend.

2 Give vague responses to nosy questions. You don't have to tell anyone anything about your life if you don't want to. When someone asks you a question that you don't want to answer, you could blame it on your upbringing -- "My mom raised me not to discuss such matters." -- or refuse directly: "None of your business."

3 Think of standard answers for nosy questions that come up often. If you have something that tends to prompt nosy questions from strangers, such as an adopted child of a different race or a large scar on your cheek, you can think of answers that you feel comfortable with. You might respond in a matter-of-fact way -- "Of course she's my daughter." -- or in a funny way: "I was attacked by a werewolf."

4 Take a blunt approach. Some people aren't very good at taking hints and if your vague answers prompt more questions, feel free to tell the person, "It's none of your business," or "Please stop being so nosy." The person's desire to know doesn't trump your desire for privacy.

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