Are you a high maintenance person? I kind of think it’s hard not to be in our advanced, customizable world. It’s so easy to develop preferences, and when those preferences stick, it’s hard to shake them. I really blame the hedonic treadmill. The more choices we’re given, the more we adapt to them… and having a choice taken away is difficult. For example, I know I should just be happy that we have the ability to fly on airplanes. I still get grumpy, though, if I end up in a middle seat.
I try as best as I can to fight against being high maintenance, because it’s an annoying characteristic in others. How many times have you tried to be friends with someone, but it was too difficult because he or she had to have everything a certain way. The people I gravitate towards tend to be the lowest maintenance, and I would like to give others that ease as well. I purposely try to say yes to things I may not enjoy simply to be easygoing. And it usually works – I have fun anyway 🙂
I do like to indulge in a bit of high maintenance behavior, but my compromise is I keep those activities to myself. At home, I like my food, entertainment, and work a certain way, and I rarely deviate from that. By giving myself exactly what I want, I have more room to compromise with others and at least appear low maintenance 😉
What about you? Are You High Maintenance? Take my quiz to find out! I don’t think there’s any right or wrong answer to this one, so don’t be offended if you’re high maintenance.
Let me know what you get on Are You High Maintenance? Is it true for you? Do you have any tips for dealing with high maintenance people? Or do you prefer to be around lower maintenance people?