Contempt as a response to cynicism: Is it a trap?
November 23, 2009 10:34 PM Subscribe
Out of despair I've started to respond to a co-worker's cynicism with contempt. I feel like I'm heading into an emotional trap.
posted by Talez to human relations (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A guy at work is a bit of a cynical git who jumps into conversations unwanted and starts mocking the participants if he doesn't take a personal interest in the subject topic. I'm not sure why. Maybe he's too cool for school. Either way I've taken to ignoring him but he's recently started actively jump into conversations pointing out the faults of others in the presence of superiors (despite getting aggressively defensive himself should his personal failings come up) and generally being a conversation derailing douche when said superiors are not around.
I've gotten to the point where I let him say his spiel and then when he finished I turned back to the original person and said "as I was saying before dingus interrupted" which seemed to have shut him up for a bit.
But it just don't sit right. I feel like I'm going down a bad road but it was just so effective.