Just back from a chat with a work colleague. Why is it, everytime I say something, it gets shot down. How is it that this one person knows so much more than me. Even told me what public libraries do (hello? used to work in one, I sorta have a good idea what happens in-house)
I've gotten to the point of just shutting up during some conversations. When no matter what I say, it will be 'upped' by the other person in the conversation, it brings me down.I don't understand that mentality.
I have a close relative that likes to be the most knowing person. Even to the point of spoiling the surprise for others around. I find that annoying too. Sometimes, not always, but sometimes, it's nicer to just shut up and let others enjoy what you already know. It's not important to show off how clever or knowing or intelligent you are.
I like an intelligent person, someone who *knows* their stuff. Even if the subject is boring, when you hear people speak with passion about their chosen field, it is a joy and I could sit listening to them for ages.
But when it's a know-it-all who has to one-up you on everything you say, or has to speak over you to get out their opinion on something, I get frustrated, walk away and don't feel compelled to go out of my way to chat with them again.