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.