Help, I have a sister-in-law who is also somewhat of a friend. She tends to monopolize everything and always has to run the show. When she is with my friends and me, she monopolizes the conversation and I can't get a word in edgewise.
She always invites herself and I'm having difficulties dealing with her overbearingness and pushiness. Any good pointers? Help, I'm having difficulties dealing with this situation.
Granted it isn’t easy to make a pushy friend less pushy—and it’s worse when that person is a relative whom you can’t risk alienating.
But relationships always involve two people. Every person with a pushy personality is enabled by a withdrawing person who allows her to go too far—more than is comfortable.
A few suggestions:
Although you are sort of friends and relatives by marriage, you may need to back off the relationship a bit because she isn’t the type of friend you would choose on your own.
Hope this helps.