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Tactic Against Online Bullies

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“Smart people, or at least those whose brains have good first gears, use their speed in thought to overpower others. They’ll:

  • jump between assumptions quickly
  • throwing out jargon, bits of logic, or rules of thumb 
  • at a rate of fire fast enough to cause most people to become rattled, and give in. 

When that doesn’t work, the arrogant or the pompous will throw in some belittlement and use whatever snide or manipulative tactics they have at their disposal to further discourage you from dissecting their ideas. 
So your best defense starts by breaking an argument down into pieces. When they say “it’s obvious we need to execute plan A now.” You say, “Hold on. You’re way ahead of me. For me to follow I need to break this down into pieces.” And without waiting for permission, you should go ahead and do so. 

First, nothing is obvious. If it were obvious there would be no need to say so. So your first piece is to establish what isn’t so obvious. What are the assumptions the other guy is glossing over that are worth spending time on?”

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Written by Rich and Co.

June 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Posted in Behavioral

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