Back by popular demand is the assay I wrote about the "oppositional conversational style." This post really seems to strike a chord with people.
Which surprised, me at first, because when I identified OCS, I thought I was the only person who had ever noticed it. Turns out that many people have noticed it! From both sides of the OCS-dominated conversation.
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 whatever I'd say, he'd disagree with me. If I said, "X is important," he'd say, "No, actually, Y is important." For two hours. And I could tell that if I'd said, "Y is important," he would've argued for X.
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