We all know that people can be jerks.
But what about those people who always have to be right? How do you deal with them?
Here are ten no-nonsense ways to deal with someone who is always right.
1) Don’t take it personally but don’t be afraid to set boundaries
One of the best ways to deal with someone who is always right is not to take it personally.
It’s easy to become focused on the negative aspects of their behavior and start to feel resentful.
But instead, try to focus on the good. What did they do that you didn’t like? Why were you so frustrated?
Understand that their actions have nothing to do with you, and getting upset only hurts you, not them.
Setting boundaries is a great way to deal with someone who is always right.
You can have a great conversation about how you are feeling and what you need from them.
But if your boundaries are crossed, don’t be afraid to tell them that you’re uncomfortable or angry.
The best thing about setting boundaries is that they will make your life easier in the long run.
If we communicate our needs clearly and respectfully, we’ll all be happier in the end.
2) Let them know that their opinion is not always the best
In a world where opinions are valued, it’s important to let people know that their opinion is not always the best.
They may be right, but at least you’re not necessarily wrong.
You can let them know that you disagree with their opinion, but you respect their right to it.
You see, there is nothing wrong with telling someone that you don’t agree with them.
This way, they won’t feel like they have to be right all the time.
And if your opinions differ from theirs, you’ll both be able to stay happy and in good spirits.
Potentially they will understand eventually that they don’t always have the only right opinion.
3) Just because they are right, doesn’t mean they need to rub it in
Sometimes people are right and we should respect that.
Sometimes people are right and we should just let them be right.
And sometimes people are right and we should just let them have their way.
However: this doesn’t mean you should let them rub it in.
If someone is constantly telling you how right they are, let them know that you disagree with their opinion.
Don’t let them rub it in. This will just make them feel better and it will only cause unnecessary conflict.
Respect their right to their opinion, but let them know that you disagree with it.
And if they end up being correct, tell them that rubbing it in is not making them any more respectable.
What can you do to help this?
The best way to go about this is following the concept of “monkey see, monkey do”.
Don’t rub it in when you are the one being right, so that maybe, just maybe, they will learn to do the same.
4) Be honest and tell them how it makes you feel
This is a difficult thing to do, but it’s important.
You see, in case someone always has to be the one being right, this will also cause a strain on your friendship or relationship.
You need to be honest with them and tell them how you feel.
This will help both of you see the other’s point of view and it will help your friendship or relationship to grow.
Believe it or not, some people don’t even realize what they are doing when they are always trying to be right. They don’t even notice!
There is a good way to go about this and that is to just be honest with them.
If they are always right, tell them how it makes you feel.
It is important, to be honest with our feelings and express them in an articulate way.
It also allows us to communicate effectively with others, learn from experience, and grow as people.
Honesty is the best policy because it can lead to positive outcomes for both parties involved.
5) Don’t get mad when they do it, it just takes away from your personal peace
We all know that people can be jerks.
However, getting mad at them does nothing for you, believe me.
It only makes you feel bad and it doesn’t change the situation.
On the contrary, it takes away from your personal peace!
Instead, try to understand why they are doing it.
And then try to find a solution that both of you will benefit from.
Often, the implementation of a change or improvement is due to some underlying cause that needs to be better understood.
By grasping the root causes of why something is happening, you are already halfway to the solution!
You see, people who always have to be right are often very insecure at their cores.
So, they will do whatever they can to make sure they are right.
If you understand their insecurity and attempt to help them with it, then you will have a much better relationship with them.
Trying to reassure them and provide comfort will result in a more trusting and comfortable relationship.
In the end, it’s nicer to help them out and have a good relationship rather than just being mad at each other for nothing.
6) Don’t try to change them
If you try to change someone, they’ll probably just become more of an unpleasant person.
Instead, just deal with them the way they are. It might not be easy, but it will hopefully make them less of a problem.
Sometimes, people are so wrapped up in themselves that they don’t even notice other people’s needs.
Did you know that you can’t change anyone, no matter how hard you try?
If you try to change someone, they will just end up resenting you for it.
So, just deal with them the way they are and get them to understand that their way of dealing with things is not the only way.
The only way you can induce change is by inspiring it.
Be the person you want them to be.
Change is not a result of external forces, but rather the intrinsic motivation and desire of individuals to change.
So, what does this mean for you?
It means showing them the best version of yourself that you can be.
Once they see that, they will want to change for the better too.
It’s not about changing them, but showing them how to change themselves.
7) Accept their apology and move on
If someone is always right, it’s best to just accept their apology and move on.
You don’t have to continue the fight.
However, it can be hard to get an apology from them at all.
So, it’s important to know how to deal with that.
This is the most important thing to remember: you are not playing a game here.
You don’t have to win or lose at all.
You just have to try and understand their behavior in the best way possible.
So, let’s say you’re dealing with a person who is always right and thinks they are never wrong.
They tend to not even listen to others when they are wrong.
In fact, they just think that their way of doing things is the best, and you can’t change it.
Well, as I said before, it’s not about changing them or trying to get them to change.
It’s about trying to understand how they think so that you can help them learn how to think more rationally.
The best part?
You don’t need an apology in order to just move on.
You can move on without it.
More often than not, these people are just too wrapped up in themselves to realize that they are wrong or how they can change their ways.
8) Spend less time with them
If someone is always right, it’s best to just spend less time with them.
That doesn’t mean you are a bad friend.
However, if you’re friends with someone who is always right, it’s important that you talk to them first in an attempt to resolve the issue.
You don’t want to freeze them out completely without explanation and without giving them a chance to potentially improve.
You wouldn’t do that to someone who is always wrong, so why would you do it to someone who is always right?
You want to give them a chance, but it’s important that you don’t let them control your life.
Let’s say you’re friends with a person who is always right. Try talking to them first and if nothing changes, you can slowly fade out of their life a bit.
It’s important to not spend time with people who make you feel bad.
It can be hard to just not spend time with them, especially if you’re friends with them.
But, it’s important that you do it.
You don’t want to stay friends with someone who is toxic or brings you down.
That’s never a good thing.
9) Practice just letting it go
This is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to dealing with people who are always right.
Sure, you can stand firm in your opinion and you can even argue if you want, but sometimes it’s best to just let it go and let them believe what they want to believe.
In fact, sometimes it’s best to just let it be and never discuss it again.
It’s important that you don’t constantly talk about it or bring it up because that will not improve the situation.
They’ll start to think that you’re only trying to argue with them or make them change their ways.
That’s not the case at all.
You just want them to listen rationally and understand why you have a different opinion than they do, but often it’s easier to not force anything and instead just let them be.
Meditation can help you a lot with letting things go throughout the day.
Start a mediation practice and you will see that soon it will be easier to return to your inner peace.
You see, meditating can be a very effective way to restore order and calm in your life.
Not only will you feel more at peace, but also the quality of your meditation will improve as you get better at it.
But I get it, letting those feelings go can be hard, especially if you’ve spent so long trying to stay in control of them.
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Sometimes it’s best to just let things go and not fight about them.
That doesn’t mean you stop caring about the situation or the person, but it does mean that you’re not going to continue arguing with them over their opinions.
You don’t want to become toxic towards someone who is always right.
That’s never a good thing for anyone involved.
10) Step into your personal power
The best way to deal with people who are always right is by stepping into your personal power.
You see, when you do that, nothing can shake you anymore because you know who you are and what you stand for.
So what can you do to deal with people who are always right?
Begin with yourself. Stop searching for external fixes to sort out your life, deep down, you know this isn’t working.
And that’s because until you look within and unleash your personal power, you’ll never find the satisfaction and fulfillment you’re searching for.
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In his excellent free video, Rudá explains effective methods to achieve what you want in life, and in turn, this will help you deal with know-it-alls.
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You have control
In the end, you can’t control anyone else, but one thing you always have control over is yourself and your approach to things.
So, use this power!
Work on your own mindset and reactivity, and you’ll find there are no more people who can make you feel inferior or inadequate.
Other people are not necessarily out to get you.
They have their own issues and problems, just like you do. They don’t hate you or anyone else; they’re just trying to get through life the best way they can.
It’s not your responsibility that they’re always right, so why should you let them get under your skin?
You have the power to choose how far you take this friendship or relationship, but ultimately it’s all up to you.