The Art of IrritationDavid Patrick
Blogger and author, Tim Ferris, argues that life is too short to suffer difficult relationships (business or personal).
When meeting someone new ‘explore the most controversial topics until you find something the two of you disagree on. Ask them to explain why people have the opposing viewpoint. (you’re testing: how well they listen and both consider and summarize points-of-view or feelings opposite their own). Are they good at identifying common ground, picking their battles, and laughing off the unimportant? Or, do they lose control of their emotions and make hurtful personal attacks or generalisations?’
You’ll then quickly find out whether you’ll get along well or not. If not move on….