If you have ever been labeled “difficult” by someone else, I know we will get along great! Is it because I am “difficult” as well?
Or is it because I understand why people get labeled “difficult” and I find great delight in that sort of personality type? “The Difficults” are a people who are “misunderstood” or volatile or demanding and they do not settle for almost-perfect or for the middling way. Difficults have high values and higher expectations of their work and the work of others, and that can make life miserable for those who view the world not as it is but as they are.
To label someone “difficult” is to try to marginalize their brilliance and to smother their genius. I get upset when I hear a group of people ganging up on a “difficult” and I always rise to the defense by asking a simple question: “What did they do?”
The answers are always meek and colorless and show more about the lacking intellect of the labeler than of the actor. So bring me all the “Misunderstood” and “Volatile” and “Impossible” people you can find and I will welcome them as we fight against mediocrity and group-think and Pareidolia in the hazy fog of a lazy and inexpectant society. If anyone ever calls you “difficult” be sure to thank them for the compliment!