How To Live With Someone You Hate (13 Cordial Ways)

Last updated on June 8, 2022 by April Maccario

If you've found yourself in an awkward situation, with not much of choice than to live with a person you resent, there's a lot you must do to survive. 

First, be sure of your feelings towards this individual. Hate is a powerful word. Ask yourself why you dislike this guy so much and write those reasons down; this helps you draw a line. 

Living with someone you don't like can be very nerve-racking; a lot of what they do, whether consciously or consciously, would upset you and lead to irrational actions (be careful). 

There's no manual on how to peacefully cohabit with someone you dislike, especially if that person happened to be your “significant other”.

I agree that over time, things change and that there's a thin line between love and hatred. However, living with a partner you dislike can only last a while. To survive, you must learn to deal with hatred. 

Want to know how to deal with hate and feelings of resentment towards your housemate? Here are 13 ways to overcome those feelings and cohabit peaceably with that person you resent. 

How To Deal With Hatred: 13 Ways To Stay With People You Don’t Like

1. Learn new communication methods 

Communication is what determines the strength of a relationship. If you dislike your partner or roommate, it's probably as a result of bad communication. To cohabit with each other, you would have to find a suitable method of communication. As difficult as this may be, consider not being rude or unpleasant when you're trying to communicate. 

You might not be as easy to stay with as you believe. Speak to your partner in a manner you would like to be spoken to. 

2. Try to listen

Try to listen

People say things to convey how they feel; I know you resent him and couldn't care less about his feelings, but right now, you share an apartment. You don't necessarily have to consider his feelings but be aware of them, so the actions that follow don't take you by surprise. 

Hating people stops you from seeing things from their point of view. When they say something, you’ll either feel irritated or closed to their suggestions. If you listen, you would be able to move two steps ahead of everything he plans. A lot will be avoided if you pay attention to your housemate and the people you are living with. 

3. Be polite

This is one of the fiercest acts to keep up, but when you have to live with someone you dislike; bring that poker face! Even though you don't mean it, be polite. Say ”thank you” when he goes out of his way to do things for you, say “please” when you have to as well. 

You'd be surprised how these simple etiquette would create a safe environment for both of you. Who knows, you could even get used to this and take a step back from hating this person. The more you practice (for peace sake), the better you get at being polite. 

4. Choose your battles 

Always pick your battles, remember, when you are living with a person you dislike, almost anything they do will offend you. Be selective of the arguments you indulge in; they have to matter, if not, you would spend so much time over irrelevant issues. 

The more time you spend arguing, the deep-seated your hatred for this person is, and that's not healthy for either of you. Even if choosing your battles means you may have to ignore this person or be quiet sometimes, do it. 

5. Brace yourself for interactions

Prepare yourself for any kind of interaction you would like to have with this person. Think about what you want to say, what you are saying, and how; this will help you keep it short and concise. Avoid irrelevant or random conversations with this person; let all communication have a purpose.

I'm sure you wouldn't naturally want to play around with someone you don’t like except you've got ulterior motives (bad idea). You should keep your conversations with each other short and simple. 

6. Establish rules

Rules need to be laid down to govern the house you share. Decisions about the bills, curfew time, and all those types of things should be discussed. Let your partner or housemate know the things he does that annoy you; it could be the loud music by 3 am or something worse.

Let him know you don’t want him in your room, touching your things or messing with the house temperature. Rules like this would help you both see when the other is crossing a line, and tolerate one another until you can do something about your living situation.

7. Respect boundaries

Respect boundaries

As much as you would like others to respect your boundaries, respect theirs as well. Don’t do anything to spite your significant other just because you feel differently about him now; you’re asking for trouble. If he’s told you the things he doesn’t like, don’t do them, then he would have respect for yours, and you can both cohabit peacefully in the meantime. Try not to go poking around for trouble, where would you go when you find that trouble? 

8. Split chores

No one wants to do the house chores alone, you could say “I hate my husband, so I’m not going to help around the house anymore,” but that’s not very mature. The best way to avoid confrontation about duties is to split them and do your part when you are supposed to. Take up a sheet of paper, draw up a time table (after discussing) and paste it on the kitchen wall so the roles are more equal and defined. 

9. Consider his perspective

What if he feels the same way about you? What if your roommate hates you too? Maybe you’re not as easy to stay with as you think and looking from your partner’s perspective would help keep you in check. 

10. Avoid getting physical

Things could go dark fast once you get physical with someone you harbor extreme negative emotions towards. No matter how heated an argument gets, don’t threaten to kill or harm this individual. 

Resist the temptation, if it looks as though he wants to get physical with you try to calm the situation (if you can), otherwise, take cover! People could take drastic measures when they’re angry and filled with hatred, even you, so be careful. 

11. Let him in on what you dislike

It’s best to talk things out; talk to him about how you feel and let him know the little things he does that tick you off or perhaps an incident that changed how you felt about him. Who knows? This might help you get beyond your emotions. 

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12. Avoid him if you have to

I don’t advise that you stay too long with a person you dislike. There’s no telling what you’re capable of filled with such emotion. If you stay away from this person, over time, you might not feel the same way you do about them now. Living with someone you resent is risky. 

13. Take some space

You need to take some time away from him, leave the house if you have to. Spend time with your loved ones if they're close; this would help you relax and release some of the toxic energy from your system. 

Hang around other people you like, who make you feel happy and safe to keep your spirits uplifted. Talk to someone about how you think (preferably a therapist), getting help isn't a sign of weakness at all. Invest your time in something positive productive to keep you away. 


What does hatred do to a person?

Hatred is an extreme emotion that consumes a person negatively. It’s not suitable for anyone's well being at all. Over time, hatred becomes more toxic to the person harboring the emotion than who it is being directed to. Hatred stresses you mentally and physically. It can make you develop serious health problems. Due to the amount of stress involved, it can also speed up your aging process. 

What is it called when you hate someone?

Wikipedia says it's ”misanthropy.” To resent someone, you have a strong feeling of dislike toward their personality. You do not want that person around you much, and often you don't wish the best for them. It's so easy to dislike someone you love because the wiring for both emotions in the brain; are the same. Hatred is mostly considered an evil emotion and comes as a result of fear. 

What does it mean to hate love?

To hate love means you cannot stand the emotion from yourself and others. It could be as a result of fear. Most people who say they don’t like love have probably loved and lost or never loved before; they are scared of how ”vulnerable” love makes you. As a result of a traumatic experience, the expression of love can trigger fear that evolves into anger in some people. 

Is anger an emotion?

Of course! Anger is an emotion often classified as evil or as unwanted. It's one of those emotions we feel from time to time as a defense mechanism over fear or pain. When someone wrongs you, you get angry. Anger is a natural emotion that can be felt by anyone, although most people can control it. It's a destructive emotion that should be controlled. 

Is dislike an emotion?

Dislike is the less extreme version of hatred. It's when you do not agree with a person's personality, actions, or religious beliefs. We can dislike someone for no reason, or something as simple as the physical appearance of a person can rub off the wrong way. Dislike is a feeling of hostility in the connection between you and someone else.

In Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this article. Keep in mind the ways you can stay (temporarily) with a man you resent. Don't forget; you need space to heal. I would like to know your thoughts, put them down in the comments section below if you don't mind; please share this article with your friends as well. 

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

3 comments on “How To Live With Someone You Hate (13 Cordial Ways)”

  1. Don't be a suker get out of it release your self from bs take it from me it dose not work out for you tobe unhappy.

  2. I feel this article deeply. I've been living with someone that I used to like,but now everything he does irritates me. He's extremely repetitious, never talks about other subjects,always repeats himself, uses the same slang constantly. He is also a repetitive throat clearer and shorter. I'm going slowly crazy. He has a daughter the same age as mine, and his daughter only wears my daughter's clothes. I've tried talking about these thing's as suggested, but he only becomes defensive. And his daughter does not listen to him. He works from home now, has been since February of this year. He doesn't have any friends. So he literally never leaves the house. He comes out of his makeshift office every day and plants himself on the couch. He does not contribute to the household chores whatsoever except taking the garbage out and only when asked. He doesn't see thing's that are dirty and need cleaning like I do,he will just ignore it all. I honestly do not understand how someone can live this way. Doesn't he get bored? Miss human interaction? I just don't get it at all. Thank you for the nice article, it did help. I am just stuck here until the lease is up. I'm not the type of person who would just abandon him to pay everything alone. I work hard for my money and still don't make ends meet well, but I'm trying my best to be able to get out of this situation as soon as I can

  3. Hello!
    I read these comments and I'am also feeling trapped,suffocated by a long time family friend of mine whom also lives with me. He doesn't have enough money to move out he became disabled. His comments, trys to think he's in control of my life with my other friends, lol. He also makes rude comments to my daughter as well. I did come up with a plan and wanted to share it with others here. I personally put money to the side, change phone numbers, find a living some were far enough so it's difficult for them to see you ( visa versa ), the house things u could pack slow, leave things behind, and just go!!! I've been hoping for years that I could make a escape route some how! I hope this helps. I feel peoples annoyance, and entrapment here, it's not all that easy!

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