Do you like being stuck in a conversation

@mcrowl (1050)
New Zealand
March 11, 2007 6:55pm CST
with people who are arrogant, know-it-all, full of themselves, or full of how well they're doing? How do you conduct a conversation with that sort of person? Do you just stand and listen, or are there some ways you can make the conversation more enjoyable?
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@achuchu2 (32)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
I'm too much of a pleaser so most likely I'll continue having that discussion with somebody like that. But if I could find a hole where in I can butt in and give the best sarcasm I could ever give, then he's in for a lot of not-so-ear-friendly comments. Har.
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@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
12 Mar 07
Ouch! Do you think he'd hear the sarcasm?
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@nrnotrare (631)
• United States
12 Mar 07
Hello mcrowl..... My wife and I had a conversation about this just the other night. Neither of us have ever had a problem admitting that there are things we don't know. I has saved alot of arguments in our 28 years together. I am not a car guy, I can drive better than most but when my truck won't start, I don't even try to pretend that I know what's wrong with it.........it's just broken and I need help. There are too many people who think they know everything and can never be wrong.......I can't image living under that kind of presure.....to always be right. I have learned enough to know that I'm sure I don't know enough. Tom
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@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
12 Mar 07
I agree that there are always people who can inform us, and I've had plenty of 'conversations' where someone who's knowledgeable has increased my understanding of things. Perhaps I was thinking more of people who's sole knowledge is of themselves!
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@ladygator (3469)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I let them conversate with theirself basically.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
I sure hope I'm not like this. I can't stand when people are boastful and act like something's wrong with you if you're not doing as well as they're doing. Often, they give you all kinds of "advice" that you've either tried, or know you can't do for various reasons. I usually try to avoid people like that. But, if I was stuck, I would do what juls2me does and just smile and nod.
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
13 Mar 07
There's a great temptation to come up with some sarcastic answer...but with me it usually comes to late to be of any use!
@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
12 Mar 07
No, I don't prefer being around people that are full of themselves, but if you are stuck...just be you...be real...listen nod and verbal pats on the back seem to be fun to try to invent while you're saying, "blahblahblah" in your head :) Just kidding. You can only take so much of the arrogance that's for sure. Worse part, they don't know that they're perceived that way and don't care about anything but what effects them.
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
13 Mar 07
Yes, that's the problem. Perhaps we always need to make sure we've got someone else alongside who can nod and give verbal pats - and some real conversation at the same time!