Sunday, November 23, 2003

Personality Abnormalities #2

Mr. Know-It-All

You know what I am talking about. Have you ever met someone who is always right. Even when they are wrong, they are right in their own mind. They go into every situation having already ruled out every other opinion, because it isn't theirs. And how could anybody else possibley know enough to have any valuable input on the situation.

They have input on everything because they have been there and done that! There is nothing out of the scope of their knowledge, or so you would think, if you were to listen to them. Pick a topic, they have a comment, and to them it is the absolute most important comment you are going to hear for a very long time.

When you talk to Mr. Know-It-All, he never really listens to you. If you watch his face closely, you will find that the entire time that others are talking, Mr. Know-It-All is formulating his next statement. Ususally it is a way to prove you wrong, even if you aren't currently disagreeing about anything.

Most of the time Mr. Know-It-All is in his own little world. He has to stay there because that is really the only place where he actually knows anything, and where anybody will actually listen to him. You see, in the real world, Mr. Know-It-All doesn't actually know all that much. In fact he is usually wrong most of the time.

The sad thing is that if there is a Mr. Know-It-All that is reading this blog right now, they are probably nodding their head in agreement, and have come up with something to comment about already. In fact, it is probably the most important comment about a "Mr. Know-It-All's" that I have failed mention. Well, Mr. Know-It-All, let me have it, what did I leave out?


  1. Hi, Mr. Know It All Here.

    I think there are varying degrees of know-it-all ness. Sometimes there are those who speak to just speak (and to not get a word in), others who are really focused on their agenda because they know they're RIGHT, and then those who are well-meaning but they really just don't trust the other person.

    I tend to fall in the latter category, but sometimes lapse into the first two. The important thing is to think logically and make sure that the conversation doesn't turn into bullying or difficult communication. Once it goes down that path, then both sides will have contempt for each other. The wonders of the internet have a bunch of great ways to cope with this.

    Funny thing is that, you, the author probably also need to recognize that sometimes Mr. Know-it-all is trying to make a healthy contribution, he has a problem communicating diplomatically and the heavy hand of persuasion has seemed to work best.

    At the very least, you can quietly sit back and laugh because Mr. Know-It-All at least in this aspect can speak on something he has a little bit of expertise in - himself.

  2. The truth is, I don't usually recognize Know-It-Alls for their worth, I notice them for their cost... Which is, most likely, wrong.

    This is the problem with having a blog that has been around for awhile, you forget what you've said. It is sort of like having random recordings of your conversations over the last 6 years.

    I am starting to think I need to delete this thing!

    In the words of Rocky (the flying squirrel sidekick of Bullwinkle, not the boxer)...

    "Thanks Mr. Know-It-All!"


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