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The Amazing Shrinking Man (or Woman)

If you have someone you work beside who unnerves or intimidates you (either intentionally or unintentionally), try using your imagination to bring them down to size.

Close your eyes and visualise this person standing in front of you.  Now start to shrink them in the same way as you’ve seen it done in Sci-Fi B movies on TV.  Become aware that you are starting to smile as they get smaller and smaller and less and less significant.  Shrink them right down until they are only a few inches tall, and you are having to lean forward to see them.  You can’t help but smile and chuckle as they use their squeaky little voice to try to talk to you.  If you have a mind to, pick them up and hide them in a drawer or kick them out of the nearest window.

This sounds like just a bit of fun, but there is a serious side to it.  Each time you use your imagination in this way your unconscious can’t help but downgrade the person’s status in your mind.  You will find that the more often you shrink and dispose of someone in this way, and enjoy doing it, the less they will concern you.  Try it and see.

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