Dealing with other people is inevitable in our society. People have different ways of thinking and reasoning based on differences in cultures, education backgrounds, and environment among many other reasons. With the increasing globalization and international relations, people have to deal with others of various backgrounds, thus dealing with them becomes an equally complex issue. Therefore, a change in the way one deals with people is a vital personal decision, which can be caused by a number of reasons, and consequently may result to different effects. The reasons that would prompt one to change the way he/she deals with people may include a change in social status, change in career or position at workplace, as well as a change in health status (Rathus, 2012).
A change in social status, in most cases, leads to drastic changes in the relationship between the individuals (Bernstein, 2012). This comes as a result of increased obligations and responsibilities, as well as expectations from the society. If one becomes a professional leader, for instance, the way the person treats other people will have to change, and starts dealing with other people in a more professional way. The effects from getting higher social standards of behavior in the society would be a more cautious approach in reciprocally from and to other people as well. In the process one might lose friends, who would not be psychologically ready to accept a person with higher social standards.
At the same time, a reformed killer or a drug dealer would be compelled to change in the way he/she deals with other people. One has to start treating other people with respect and, at the same time, behaving appropriately with the status of the society. As a result of the change in social status, this person would be required to change his company and join a more friendly group which is accepted by the society (Bernstein, 2012). One has to prove to the people that he is a changed person and is ready to help in weaving the social fabric, rather than destroying it.
Another reason that makes people change their attitude towards their social peers is a change in their careers, or positions in their respective workplaces (Bernstein, 2012). When a junior manager is promoted to head a senior department, one would be compelled to lead and become more responsible for actions of others as required by his new role in his organization. He would reduce the casual interactions with his juniors, which would create a professional gap that would help in his work (Rathus, 2012). When the employees are more socially than professionally attached to their seniors, there is a possibility that the efficiency of the services would be compromised. The newly promoted officer would also be required to form new professional relationships with the seniors of the organization as professional friends, in order to stay on the same level with them. The effects of this would be a creation of new friends and loss of others.
Health status would also lead to the change in the way one deals with other people. When a person gets a contagious disease, one is required to ensure that the person does not spread it to other people. Therefore, the person withdraws from the peers, talks less, and keeps his emotions reserved and controlled. For this reason, one loses friends while other people get sympathetic, and some show this person love and affection, but with some distance created. As a result of the reduced contact with people, the health status may deteriorate faster as one starts to develop self-pity and may eventually become depressed (Rathus, 2012). As a result, one may accelerate his death.
It is therefore evident that people might be forced to change in the way they deal with other people. This would consequently result into a change in the people’s reaction to each other and consequently affect their overall relation with people. Some changes may have mild effects while others may have far reaching effects.