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Nervy People

So the other day I was talking to someone and this person says to me, “Oh by the way, you know how you told me THIS? Well, when I did it, it was super easy! I don’t know why you said it was difficult.” I was kind of taken aback. This person is an acquaintance that I really don’t like to talk to, but have to from time to time. She often makes these comments. Most days I can just blow it off. I did need to relay more information to her that day, but instead I smiled that nice fake smile and said very tersely, “Have a good day!” I really didn’t mean it. I just needed to get away from her before I said something very ugly.

So here is my question: WTF?!?! Why is it that some people want to put people down constantly? (BTW, I know dang well that she can’t figure things out any better than me so she isn’t so brilliant. I truly do not consider her to be more intelligent than I am and don’t care if she is. Her life is hers. Mine is mine.) And she does need me from time to time. So why would someone do something like that? I would never go out of my way to talk down to someone without provocation.

Do y’all have people that do this to you? If so, what do you do? Do you just call them out? Do you walk away? WHAT DO YOU DO?

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2 thoughts on “Nervy People

  1. Normally I would use sarcasm, “Oh well, Julie, you are obviously way smarter than I am !” Recently I have launched a new real estate career (I am 56). I have only been doing this for 2 months, and already I’ve had two people ask me “Have you sold a house yet?” I have responded that I have not, that this business takes time, but my broker says I am doing all the right things to build a foundation for success. I can’t believe people are so nervy to ask this (which is why your post came up when I googled how to handle nervy people). I would LOVE to have a better response. I don’t want to alienate anyone as everyone I know is a potential customer, but I would like a response that leaves me feeling more satisfied. Maybe I should use my usual sarcasm “Oh I am already making millions!” lol

    • Donna, how about something like, “Thank you for asking! I have several things in the works. Are you interested in something in particular?” That way you let them know you’ve got your crap together and then put them on the spot and let them squirm. If they say something like they aren’t really in the market, throw a good ol’ Southern “With this economy I do understand. Bless your heart!” Make them feel bad for being such an ass to begin with.

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