By Nasrin Kapadia

B. A. Psychology

29 October 2021
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree Padhye
MA (Psychology)
Table of Contents

We all stay in a world where we want to understand others. Understanding in today’s world is taken to be the secret to better relationships. For that, we have to better our understanding of others’ behavior and to improve our behavior towards others too. So, understanding behavior would lead us to a better life and take us to a stress-free environment. For this, we need to inculcate some qualities in ourselves, such as empathy, politeness, patience, and an effort to better our behavior with others.


To understand others' behavior and why that person is reacting in such a way, it is important to understand his viewpoint. By being patient and trying and understanding others' views, we can even accept a person’s harshest action. This makes us less stressed and betters our relationship with our dear ones and others. 

We all go through situations that others don’t know about. This is true with the other person also. By knowing this, you can be better empathetic to one’s behavior.


Being polite is associated with being aware and better responsive to the feeling of others. If you want to build and maintain a friendly relationship and understand him better, it important you be polite to him. Politeness can enhance your relationships, help build respect and compatibility, boost your self-esteem and confidence, and better your communication skills.


To better understand a person and his behavior towards you, you would need a lot of patience. We are prone to lose our patience occasionally, but this can lead to damaging our relationships, reputation and increase stress in our lives. 

On the other hand, if we are patient with others, we can have improved confidence and communication of the other person towards us.

Squier, R.W., 1990

The Effort To Better Your Behavior With Others

It is easier to say than do it. Change in yourself would be the biggest challenge for you on the path of understanding the behavior of others. But if you want to better your relations by trying and understanding others, you yourself have to undergo a change in looking at others. Understanding others requires unique skillsets such as enumerated below:

  1. Learning from a person’s body language, tone of voice, and other types of non-verbal types of communication.
  2. Listening carefully to what the other person is saying and keeping track of their understanding of you.

Consider changing yourself too.

If you want to have a happy life full of friendly relations, you should consider your behavior good towards others too. If your behavior is warm and welcoming, the opposite person will also keep his approach warm and welcoming. 

You might also take a look at your unwanted behavior and consider a change in it. You can also try this technique to change your unwanted behavior. (Chevalier, J. and Ellison, G., 1999)

Change Your Environment

One of the most effective ways to get out of bad or unwanted behavior is to change your friend circle, habits, and environment. This can pull you out of the rut and bring you back on track. 

Try these new elements towards changing your behavior and unwanted traits of your behavior. Be strong to self-support your ups and downs through motivation and get a grip over certain things in life.

Gain From Observation

There are a lot of movies and web series to learn a life lesson. We cannot familiarize ourselves with the character as it is fiction. Some things make that relatability easier on our end. Everyone should watch the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’’ a Will Smith starrer a tougher movie on behavior and way to get up in life in your downfall. How does your behavior changes at a point in life you are at your lowest? Learn, understand, and observe through things to make an impact (Odum, H.A., 1998)

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