Inconsiderate Interruptions: When a friend tries to one-up you

by epi on December 19, 2012

Q: I have a friend who always tries to one-up my stories: “If you think that’s bad, wait till you hear this!”  It’s so annoying.  How can I politely ask her to stop?

A: Ah, yes, the one-upper.  Her desire to constantly outdo you may be a sign of her own insecurities.  Acknowledge her comment and move the conversation in a different direction.  If she’s a good friend, try to look past this quirk.  If there’s a little joy to be found in the friendship, you might want to move on.

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