Question of the Day – No. 413

What would you say to someone who thinks he/she is right all the time so that person re-evaluates his/her opinion?

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    1. The toughest thing here is that sometimes you know you’re right and you have presented all the facts and that person still doesn’t believe you. It’s a huge trigger for me which I try to control…

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  1. I have such around me and it’s very hard to make the re-evaluate anything. He argues and argues until you back down. Nothing works. And sometimes I feel he knows what he’s not right but due to pride ( accepting he’s wrong) he keeps insisting. But I guess if he will ever re-evaluate because

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    1. ……But I guess if he’ll ever re-evaluate, it will be in the secrecy of his heart and never to openly whatsoever accept he’s wrong. I’m saying this out of experience.(Sorry for posting without conclusion.it happens when I’m using my phone to comment)

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      1. It has been my experience that this approach has a better outcome, especially in the business world. Laying something else out on the table for consideration does not challenge the other person’s ego. I’m faced with this scenario frequently. You win some and you lose some, and that’s okay. Right and wrong can often be entirely about perception too. Oftentimes, in business, there are facts supporting multiple ideas.

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  2. Currently dealing with a coworker who has been not necessarily telling everyone that s/he is right all the time, but that they’re wrong. S/he has a serious problem with talking down to people which doesn’t help at all. A few people came together and collectively put an HR complaint in. The sad thing is that s/he is a hard worker. Just with a really bad attitude.
    I personally try to avoid this person.

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    1. Maybe the fact that s/he is a hard worker gives him/her the arrogance to put others down. I would personally try to use that person’s own experience as a way to start the communication and I’ll try to use questions to make him/her realize that s/he is wrong. After all, s/he has the experience, right?

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  3. I’ve learned from personal experience, that there’s not really a way to tell them that. If they truly believe that, you will be wrong no matter how you approach it. And many people like this will find it a way to make it someone else’s fault that they are wrong.

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  4. Like most other commenters, I wouldn’t bother. I tend to keep conversations with people like that brief. There are some things I’m pretty set in my ways about too though, so I just try to move past it if it happens.

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  5. “Are you sure, a 100% sure (of what you’re saying)?” I’ve noticed if/when you ask that simple but tricky question they start to waver 🙂 How can one be totally sure of something? That question will instill a sense of doubt, and people who want to be always right won’t like it… Just try it and see for yourself what happens 😀

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  6. I will tell the person to recheck his/her attitude and that a person cannot be right all the time. And that’s it. Rest I would’nt bother and definitely ignore such toxic people for my own mental peace.

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      1. That is a question of interpretation. I do not have a Hogwart’s mirror, but I can support two sides of an argument (or more) in my head. That’s good for writing dialogue. -Rebecca

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  7. I’d usually just ignore a know-it-all type of person. But sometimes, there are days where they actually talk to me directly that I just sit there and listen and wait for them to finish then I can say thanks and if they need help, they can always come and ask. Shuts them up and avoid me as much as they could. 😉

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      1. Well, yeah. They’re like, “Are you listening?” Or “Do you even understand what I’m saying?” Stuff like that. I’d just nod or something. It’s funny seeing them look so annoyed at me. 😉

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  8. These genre of people will never reconsider their decision if you tell them directly that they are wrong. They will reconsider their evaluation until they themselves realise it. So for that matter, I would indulge in a discussion with that person and will try to challenge his/her evaluation(though indirectly) by showing him/her the other side of the same situation. And then I will leave this decision to him/her .

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  9. Do you remember one time when you made a mistake in the test? Was it in high school? College? Well guess what, that’s proof that you are never right all the time. No one is, so it’s always better to have an open mind about things, and also consider that we may be wrong.

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  10. I’ve tried many things, so far without luck. If someone believes they are always right it’s almost impossible to prove them wrong. Even if they see that they are, they will not admit it because pride and other things get in the way.

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  11. Here’s a tip, I believe everyone thinks that they are right at the time we make a decision. And that’s fine by me to think it, but it is when we “know” it then the problems start. Commonly called dogma or being dogmatic is a real pain to me and seems like we all suffer form it to a lesser or greater degree.

    When I encounter it I usually challenge their certainty but try not to be so certain when I do it.

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  12. I have a few of those in my life. I used to get annoyed because they would try to impress their opinion on me and would try to prove my opinion was wrong. Over time, I learned to say ‘I respect your opinion but disagree’. If I cannot say that, then I just excuse myself and get a drink of H2O.

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