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When in-laws act selfish not paying heed to their daughter-in-law’s emotions, they come across as arrogant. So how to deal with arrogant in laws?

This blog is written to help those women who are hurt and saturated because of their in-laws’ arrogance.

how to deal with arrogant in laws

Flustered With Your In-Laws’ Smugness All The While? How To Deal With Arrogant In Laws – 11 Powerful Hacks!

It is natural for the in-laws to feel they are better-experienced in life and so from behaving like they know everything, to not accepting their mistakes, they have grown to consider themselves superior to their DILS. Hence, their unspoken hold over things.

Such behaviour could test the patience of any daughter-in-law and hence develop a huge detestation in her for her in-laws. How should a DIL handle this situation?

Remind Yourself To Focus The Positives, It Will Help You A Lot

I know your in-laws’ annoying behaviour at times could get you sick to your stomach. But do you think it is good for your mental well-being in the long run?

This is why, I highly suggest you divert your thoughts to some of those positive aspects of your in-laws. 

It could be your in-laws affection towards your spouse OR your mother-in-laws’ exemplary cooking skills.

Always reminding yourself of such good things will pacify and keep you calm.

Never Argue With Your In-Laws No Matter How Triggering The Situation Gets

Having a galore of differences with your in-laws isn’t a thing to reckon about.

When their behaviour continues to test your temperament, be it the way they oppose your ideas OR enforce their opinions on you, it sure could get anyone triggered.

But you know what? Sometimes, you don’t have to prove your stance at all. 

Then, how are you supposed to deal with your arrogant in-laws? Just do what you think would be appropriate for the situation and don’t waste your time arguing unnecessarily!

Limit Entertaining Your In-Laws, Less Talks, Less Hassle!

When your in-laws move mountains to target you,making you a subject of mockery always, you should buckle up and turn defensive of yourself.

By defensive here, I mean you should limit talking to them. Engaging them too much in conversations will only give them enough scope to take digs at you every now and then.

Why should you allow your in-laws’ insensitivity tamper your self-respect?

Why should you entertain them when they don’t even respect you?

Remain Insensitive; Let Your In-Laws Speak As Much As They Want To

When your in-laws are arrogant, they strive as much to keep themselves the center of attraction all the time.

They never care to listen to you even if you are right, always ensuring to be remain at the speaking end.

I know, such instances could spike your rage and make you loathe them even more. But no, you are not supposed to do that.

Rather, turn a deaf ear to your in-laws’ rantings. Let them boast as much as they want – You just keep minding your business. It will salvage you from a lot of trouble.

Draw Your Boundaries Clear; Let Your In-Laws Understand It

When you allow your in-laws to enter your territory, you don’t just give them the key to merely enter but also authenticate them to take control of you.

You intentionally OR unintentionally let your in-laws brood over your personal and private affairs. Is that even desirable?

Would you allow anyone for that matter to cramp your personal space and let them do whatever they want with you?

No, isn’t it? That is why you have to set limits with your in-laws. You should let them know what they could talk to you about and how.

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Learn To Handle Them Assertively

As a daughter-in-law, it is only good if you adopt a confident disposition before your in-laws.

That way, when your in-laws trespass their limits, you could let them know their position clearly.

Of course, when things get worse, shouldn’t you put a full stop to it? Where silence doesn’t work any longer, shouldn’t effective words be used to win over situations?

By learning to being assertive as a DIL, you would be able to take a stance and speak for yourself. That way, your sanity is also preserved. 

Accept & Make Peace With Your In-Laws’ Nature 

How to deal with arrogant in laws? One of the important ways is to accept the fact that your in-laws are arrogant.

By doing so, you would no longer pay much attention to their negative traits and draw a clear understanding of what they actually are.

Meaning, you make yourself clear about your in-laws’ characteristics and so there is no need to feel frustrated with their repeated negative behaviour.

 An article from the timesofindia discusses the depths & importance of acceptance in relationships.

Here is a screenshot for your reference –

My in laws are arrogant. How to deal with them?


So it is basically saving on your energy (without complaining about them ) and your mental health too. Awesome, isn’t it?

Take Your Partner’s Confidence, He Could Be Your Biggest Support

Nothing feels good like a partner who supports you in times of distress; someone who could hold your hand and assure that all is okay.

This is why you should be transparent about your in-laws with your spouse in particular. 

Him being your better-half, there is nothing wrong in sharing your feelings about your in-laws with him.

Remember, your spouse could be your key to dealing with your in-laws most of the time! 

Never Try To Impress Your In-Laws

By chance, if you have any ideas of appeasing your arrogant in-laws by either behaving OR talking in their favor, kindly drop the plans.

Say you try to please your in-laws by cooking their favorites all the time but they don’t even value your gestures. How would that feel?

Don’t you think by taking this responsibility of impressing your in-laws, you are losing on your energy and respect?

Have this in mind – Your in-laws should accept you as you are and hence it is not advisable to work on impressing your in-laws.

Ensure To Create Your Own Space While Living With Them

While living together with your disrespectful in-laws, it is important that you set your own space at the home front.

Be it cooking OR establishing a personal space for yourself, you have to create a zone that is rid of your in-laws’ intervention.

This will in every way, keep you out of your in-laws’ way, saving you from many problems. 

Keep Yourself Occupied

It is complex to put up with in-laws who are contemptuous in every way.

Instead of dreading that aspect, why not find a way out of the situation?

This is why it is important to keep yourself engaged in some activity or the other while living together with your in-laws.

Be it your career OR passion, by diverting your thoughts to something productive, you could avoid unnecessary confrontations with your in-laws.

Forgive Your In-Laws’ Immaturity & Move On

Knowingly OR unknowingly, their immature behaviour with time end up leaving an explosive ball of hatred in your head towards them. Is that even desirable?

Why let your in-laws take a toll on your mental health? 

This is why, you should learn to forgive your in-laws’ insensible acts every now and then and keep moving on in life.

By doing so, you could save yourself from unnecessary grudges that could otherwise ruin your mental health on a major scale.


This is it for the blog, I am sure you have gained some clarity on tackling your difficult in-laws.

Do let me know if you found these 11 ways helpful in the comments below.