How do I deal with my friend who has an inflated ego?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Suno, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Suno macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2011

    Okay look, I love my friend and he's my bro and all, but honestly sometimes I hate him in the same way that siblings hate each other. Why? Because he has a serious inflated ego problem that it gets on my nerves. He thinks he's good at EVERYTHING. He thinks he's the jack of all trades, the modern renaissance man.

    Pick a topic or subject. No seriously, just pick any random subject. Is it movies? Is it molecular biology? Is it books? Is it love? Is it music analysis? Is it networking? Is it accounting?

    Doesn't matter, he thinks he knows everything, despite the fact that he clearly doesn't. It pains me listening to him use terms that he obviously only read about once or twice on wikipedia. What's annoying is that he has a superiority complex because of his so-called "knowledge" to a lot of things.

    Like I want to shut him up for good but every time I question him or argue back, it just turns into this nonsense bickering back and forth that doesn't get resolved. So I don't even try to argue anymore unless it's something really important. I just nod and silently shake my head.

    What triggered me to write this long vent is his recent comment. He watched the Hunger Games and suddenly he thinks he's a movie critic that can give recommendations now. Uh, no. His taste in movies is not only bad, but his repertoire of movies to even base his "analysis" on is terrible. If anything, -I'M- the movie guy of our group. At least I can give a half-assed analysis that can sound legit and even point out proper criticisms and for what it's worth, at least my scores mirror critic ratings on RT (usually).

  2. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
    This does not sound like a friendship.

    It does sound like your annoyed this person has an opinion on a film he recently watched.

    Time to move on
  3. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    phaze him out. if he asks why just say "you're too much effort".
  4. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    i know someone similar. people like that always have a weakness. find that and just always bring it up, over and over. If they come out with something particularly big-headed just laugh.:D
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    You are being used, you may not lnow it, but you are. He's not a real friend, and I doubt if having a talk is going to help.

    The physc. description is "Fading Away" if I remember my text books right. Let the calls go unanswered, your busy when he / she wants to do stuff.
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
  7. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Or Macs vs. PCs (if PC is short for Windows).
    Or Palestine vs. Israel.
    Or North vs. South / East vs. West.
  8. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    Well, you could go in the opposite direction and feed his ego. Tell him how smart he is. Tell him he is right, you would have never seen that angle.

    Had a friend who always had to get the last word in. Even when I had proved him wrong. His last two words to every discussion that he'd lost...

    "yes, but..."
  9. barredfreak macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2012
    Read something from the encyclopaedia and ask his opinion on it.

    When he gives you that blur look that shows he doesn't know what you're talking about, ask him to suck a lemon.

    Problem solved.
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This reads like a couple of 12 year olds bitching at one another. It's ****ing stupid.

    Punch your friend in the cock and move on. Man up for christ's sake.
  11. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Sounds like you're the one that needs to grow up. He had an opinion on a movie, oh no!
  12. soloer macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2004
    This might be the best thing I've read on these forums. Ever.
  13. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    Have you ever been punched in the cock? If my friend punched me in the cock over a verbal disagreement I'd roundhouse his ass right back to 3rd grade. Not cool.
  14. keysersoze macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    hmm... look who made the comment and your question may be answered ;)

    got to agree that punching him probably isn't the way to go. Unfortunately people like this continue to exist, even at older ages. Just have to learn to deal with them... but don't have to be friends with them. It gets real old.
  15. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Clever but no. If someone punched me in the cock then I think the sheer surprise of me having a cock would level us both. Now, if you've ever been punched in the cock you would know that there will be no roundhouse following said punch. Not to 3rd grade or otherwise. ;)

    FWIW, I've never been punched in the vag either.

    You have to admit, the maturity of the OP's post suggests that cock punching is a possibility. Nothing will solve anything in this world if you're hyper-focused on someone's ****ing opinion of a movie.
  16. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    He has an inferiority complex

    "Tell me what you brag about and I will tell you what you lack in life".

    People who show off like that is because they need self approval, insecurity.

    He may end up being a compulsive liar just to gain the attention from others and then, in reality he is a fraud.

    If you back up from him, he will chase you for sure.

    I have seen so many people like that until life catch up, they realized they have no friends and no actual skills or job and then they become humble or... they start to lie to themselves more!

    He is just immature, no normal people do that.
  17. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Honestly I'm shocked. I thought you liked my analysis of the film. At least I know where I stand now.
  18. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I have a cousin just like that. I try to tune him out. But the difference is, you can choose your friends but not your family. I can't choose to not be near him and have to listen to him at family gatherings. If your friend annoys you so much that you can't stand to listen to him, perhaps you need to evaluate your friendship.
  19. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I'm aware that jessica is a girl, hence the comment's relative sarcasm.

    For the record, you haven't lived til you've been punched in the vag but you're also right.
  20. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Is it possible that he is good at everything and you're not?

    I'll take teen angst for $800, Alex.

    So what you're saying is you must be the knowledgable one to know that he is full of it, right?

    If it turns into bickering back and forth, you're hardly sitting there nodding and silently shaking your head.

    It sounds good, has a decent beat but you can't dance to it.
  21. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Surely I can't be the only one who sees the immense irony in the OP, right?
  22. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Gracious me, I'm blushing...
  23. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I'd call that a win.
  24. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    No you don't. No room can hold everyone. Just get up and join a conversation in another room. I do that all the time.
  25. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    It's a small family, so family gatherings are usually at a restaurant or something, just a handful of us around a table. So yeah, unfortunately I am stuck listening to him.

    Thankfully, he recently took a job (one of the dozens he's had over the years because he can't hold one down) that has him traveling a lot so I haven't seen him in a few months ;)

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