Arrogant people can destroy your day in a matter of seconds, but only if you let them. Sometimes, all you need is an excellent comeback to make them go away and regain your power. Let's dig into it!
Arrogant people are challenging to deal with since they share traits with toxic narcissists. They think they're above everyone like they are somehow more important than the rest of us. Additionally, they use people for their goals and give off weird, energy-draining vibes. Here are several great comebacks, just to make them suffer a bit!
If you don't want to be part of an argument, yet you still want to make a point, play dumb. Imagine you're a stereotype of a dumb blonde from any romcom and tell your arrogant opponent the following:
"Oh, dear, it sounded so rude, I know you didn't mean it…" Use your best ironic voice, just to prove a point. Additionally, you can say something like: "What made you think that?" While acting innocent, your voice is sarcastic, and it's going to confuse them.
One of the universally worst answers is saying:" I don't know." It drives people crazy, so if you really can't deal with arrogancy, simply say you have no idea what's on their mind.
Calling them out
Trying to talk to their rational part of the brain might work, but don't expect miracles.
If they are attacking your's or someone else's feelings, use your words. You can say, "Ouch!" Actually, shout it, since you are hurting and you want them to know it.
Another power move is to simply say: "Dude, you know that my mom/dad is…" If they said something hurtful about gender, sexual orientation, race, this is a great comeback. Make them face their own uneducated and toxic minds.
Since arrogant people believe they are the smartest, directly challenging them is humiliating.
You can start with: "Oh, but do you know that's not a fact?" or "Did you hear about other opinions on that?" It shows they are close-minded and not that bright.
Bring the final punch with: "So what makes you an expert on the subject?" These small triumphs will come in handy, and they won't bother you anymore.
Understandably, you don't want to deal with toxic behaviors, and you shouldn't. You can be a perfectly kind and non-judgmental person, but when someone refuses to quit, try being rude.
Say: "You better stop talking." Or try "May those be your final words," which sounds kind of dangerous, but it's your exit. From the moment you say these words, it's time for silence, the best answer to any arrogant behavior. When you don't seem bothered, they lose.
Dealing with arrogance, ignorance, narcissism, or any kind of toxic behavior isn't always easy. That's why you need to work on your posture, and if you genuinely feel exhausted, walk away. But, there's something rewarding when you manage to shut the mouth of a highly arrogant person. It's a small victory for humanity, but a great comeback is a huge win for you!