6 People Who Complicate Your Life
  And how to make them go away
  By: Erin Hobday
  
  1 THE TYRANNICAL BOSS
  Complicates your life by . . . Insisting you're on call 24-7
  Simplify your life by . . . Clocking out at 5. And don't forget to lob a cheerful "See you tomorrow" in his direction. "Sometimes you need to manage your boss's expectations," says Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of CBS and Men's Health's Getting Ahead columnist. "That means leaving the office at the same time every day or limiting weekend work." And don't worry about being fired: "If you were doing a bad job, you wouldn't have so much to do."
  
  2 THE CHATTY COWORKER
  Complicates your life by . . . Becoming a permanent fixture at your office door, stifling your ability to IM your friends
  Simplify your life by . . . Boring him. Don't engage him, suggests Schwartz. Don't look at him or say anything that might lengthen the conversation. "Eventually he'll stop coming by," Schwartz says.
  
  3 THE NAGGING MOTHER-IN-LAW
  Complicates your life by . . .Giving you unsolicited advice and hideous ties
  Simplify your life by . . . Befriending the enemy. "Most men spend time with their mother-in-law only as part of a couple," says Albert Maslow, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in men's issues, "but it's important to develop a relationship of your own with her." Maslow suggests taking her to lunch or doing handiwork around her house. At the very least, you'll begin to understand her motivations, Maslow says. And maybe, just maybe, she'll become less of a buttinski.
  
  4 THE PUSHY SALESMAN
  Complicates your life by . . . Trailing you around the store
  Simplify your life by . . . Wearing gym shorts. In a California State University study, salespeople approached shoppers dressed in work clothes more quickly than those who were dressed casually.
  
  5 THE TRAGIC FRIEND
  Complicates your life by . . . Complaining incessantly about his pathetic existence
  Simplify your life by . . . Telling him a joke, preferably dirty. It'll stop him long enough for you to change the subject, Maslow says. With luck, you'll eventually deprogram him.
  
  6 THE NE'ER-DO-WELL SIBLING
  Complicates your life by . . . Borrowing money and third-wheeling your life
  Simplify your life by . . . Shutting him out. Lending him your cash or social life makes you an enabler, Maslow says: "It'll get worse until you cut him off." So apologize, say no, then point him toward Monster.com