My latest bugbear – the ‘me, me, me people‘. You know the type I am talking about – the ones who have always been there, done it or know somebody who has (of course, they have done it better than you too). You try to have a conversation with them and they can not help but ramble on non-stop about themselves. You try to bend the conversation away from the topic of THEM and they pull it straight back again. Is it just me or are there a LOT of people around like that at the moment? Maybe I am just less tolerant now, but God, it irritates me!
The thing which REALLY gets my back up, is that this type of person never lets you have your own opinion. Their opinion is always the correct one because, of course, they are always right (well, deerr). Try to challenge them to a debate and they will fire their limitless ammo of useless, uninteresting information at you until you submit. Dare to keep the resistance up and they may even bring out the water-works. This is a strange breed of people, but for me, I get quite a kick out of winding them up and purposely disagreeing with them just to see them get frustrated. Call me a wind-up merchant if you please.
I guess the invention of Facebook and Twitter has dragged even the least self-consumed of us into the me, me, me domain by some degree. By updating our Facebook status or publishing a tweet about our day, we are ultimately talking about ourselves. However, I like to think that when engaging in an actual conversation with someone, that I create a good balance of me/you conversation. If I am asked, for instance, how is your job going? I will ask, and how is yours? This is a basic social skill, right? ‘Me, me, me people‘ do not have this skill, they will grab the topic of themselves and run away with it – you’ll never get it back.
So do you know somebody like this or are you one of these people? Next time you are in a social situation, take a moment to evaluate the conversation you are having. If you realise that the person standing in front of you has a glazed expression on their face and that for the last half an hour, you have been talking about yourself, STOP because they really don’t give a cr@p.