My inclination is to avoid people I don’t like. The reasons should be obvious.
Sometimes I haven’t had a choice, though. Sometimes, the person was a boss. Or a merchant or contractor with whom I had to interact. Sometimes, they were classmates or teachers. Or neighbors. Or clients. In other words, sometimes I was compelled to deal with people I didn’t like, whether I liked it or not.
Usually, I tried to make the best of a bad situation. Sometimes, I didn’t do a very good job of that.
It’s easy to be passive-aggressive in such situations. It’s also usually self-destructive.
Recently I came across a statement of Abraham Lincoln that cast the situation in a new light. Lincoln had this to say about unlikable people:
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
“I must get to know him better.”
I’m thinking that’s probably pretty good advice.