Do you guys have any tips for dealing with a difficult person that you are required to interact with on a daily basis? Being extremely nice is not working. I generally get ignored or talked down to. When I ask this person a direct question, she ignores me until I go away. I'm not confrontational enough to ask again in a more authoritative way so usually I just slink off and figure it out on my own, even when I want to clap my hands in front of her face and say "HEY, I'M NOT TALKING BECAUSE I LIKE THE SOUND OF MY OWN VOICE SO MUCH." When I say "good morning" or "have a nice evening" the best I get is a grunt in response. Most of the time I'm just ignored. When I try to build rapport by saying nice things like "I love your shoes" I get nothing. She literally does not look up from what she is doing to even acknowledge that I have spoken. This is monumentally frustrating to me, especially since I have seen this person be very nice to others. As far as I know, we have not had a falling out of any kind. She has acted this way towards me since the first day I met her so I was hardly given a change to get on her bad side. It seems that I was placed there arbitrarily without any chance to be anywhere else.
Now my tactic is to generally ignore this individual, since being nice doesn't seem to get me anything other than ignored. A friend suggested that I talk to the individual and apologize for anything that I inadvertently did and ask if we can get lunch or coffee and perhaps "start over" as it were. I think this is a cute idea but can pretty much guarantee that it won't work for this individual. Trust me on that one. Also, I'm getting to the point where *I* kind of want an apology, not to be the one apologizing. Does anyone have any ideas? Other than try to forget she exists even as I'm forced to interact with her?