Type B as in Boorish

Yesterday we discussed hyper-sensitive people and how fun it is to tweak them. Today let us move to the other end of the spectrum. These are the people who are invulnerable to any sort of criticism (or advice) and will do things their own way. They have no ability to even try to consider that not everyone has exactly the same needs. These folks know that there is no one else who can do what they do, at least not the right way, so they end up being control freaks.

As frustrating as it can be to know someone like this, there are a couple advantages. The first is that if you’re supposed to work with them, they will make sure things get done. So if you don’t care about whatever you’re supposed to be doing, just sit back and watch the control freak take over. The second advantage to knowing someone like this is you can pretty much insult them at will with no adverse effect on the relationship.

Now, if you want to have some real fun, get one of the insensitive folks and one of the hyper-sensitive people and lock them in a room together. “It’s like when you were little and put bugs in a jar to see if they would fight.”

(No, Johnny and Jer, I’m not talking about you. I just thought our quote was a great way to sum up the idea.)


Jen said…
A problem i see though, is when the control freak tries to do your job but they don't know how and so their lectures and freak-outs are based on their own sad lack of knowledge and intense need for control. And you can't even begin to try to explain that to them (invulnerable to criticism) so you can only stand there and watch them be crazy. What to do??
Joel said…
I'm afraid that the only humane thing to do in such a situation is to set up that person to take all the blame. It's sad, but there's really no alternative.

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