Arrogant people are some of the nastiest people you can have around you. They not only think they are better than you, they act like they know they are better than you and will try to make you feel inferior.

They also share some traits and characteristics with narcissists , including the belief that they are unique and only understood by people of high status, being always expectant of the admiration of others, with superior air and lack of empathy.

The attitudes and behaviors of arrogant people can make other people feel angry and make them feel very uncomfortable, but you should not let these attitudes pull you down, just learn how you can deal with them and not let let your arrogance advance. Also, if you are a person with principles and integrity, you will not allow anyone to disrespect you, so we will teach you some ideas to respond to arrogant people and locate them.

Answers to give to an arrogant person

Here are six clever responses to dealing with arrogant people:

1. What makes you say that?

This question simply refers to the arrogant person to make them reflect on why they are generalizing, insulting or stereotyping a person. Hopefully, the arrogant person will recognize that they have said something negative and in bad taste and will put their behavior aside.

Although the most likely thing is that he justifies his sayings and tries to find a fault in you, the typical thing that an irresponsible person usually does, who instead of taking charge of what he does, wants to blame others, even playing the victim. If this is the case, let’s try the following suggested answers.

2. Tell him that his words hurt

Arrogant people have a gift for hurting other people’s feelings . They may or may not show empathy, but they definitely understand what it means for someone to feel horrible.

Tell him that he is hurting you emotionally, do not be afraid. At least they will become aware of the fact that they are doing harm; that you might even try to stop.

3. That is not the only way to see things

Of course, everyone is free and has the right to express their opinion and thoughts, but obviously it is incredibly naive and foolish to think that just one way of thinking (or one opinion) is some kind of universal truth.

Let the arrogant person see that others do not share their negative or blunt perspective and that there are many grounds for disagreeing.

4. That sounds very arrogant, but maybe you mean something else.

This shows the arrogant person that you want to give them the benefit of the doubt and you think they are well intentioned. In fact, they are actually given the opportunity to back down (without conflict) by reiterating what they wanted to say in a kinder way at the same time, letting them know that you are not letting it go.

5. I have a relative like this

When an arrogant person begins to downplay a group of people, you can point out that you know someone like that, the closer they are the better, for example a brother or your mother, and that they are from the same group of people that he wants to discredit. This will make them rethink what they say and they will know that they may be insulting, so they will decrease their story or change it and stop talking about it.

6. I would appreciate it if we stop talking about this now

Just as the arrogant person has rudely overpowered the entire conversation, you can abruptly end the conversation and show that you have the same weight as him or her. Arrogant people like to talk and talk, so sometimes it is very necessary to just end the conversation before it derails into something else entirely.

Surely these answers are a very good idea, however you are the one who will best know how to apply them and to whom to say this or that thing, since there is no standard response model nor can all the complexities of people’s traits be considered.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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