confrontationAssay: I'm always looking for patterns in people's actions and temperament. You know that old joke? "The world is divided into two groups: people who divide the world into two groups, and people who don't." I'm definitely in the first category.
I love learning about patterns, such as the "service heart," and I get a tremendous thrill whenever I manage to identify some new pattern myself. Abstainers and moderators. Over-buyers and under-buyers. Alchemists and leopards.
Here's a new phenomenon I've tentatively identified: oppositional conversational style.
A person with oppositional conversational style is a person who, in conversation, disagrees with and corrects whatever you say. He or she may do this in a friendly way, or a belligerent way, but this person frames remarks in opposition to whatever you venture.
I noticed this for the first time in a conversation with a guy a few months ago. We were talking about social media, and before long, I realized that whateverRead More »from Ever Been Stuck in an “I’m Right; You’re Wrong” Conversation?