People who brag

When I had my job interview, the manager asked me if there were certain “type of people” I had issues getting along with.
I started thinking.

Well sure.
Tthere are certain subcultures I would never be able to understand and therefore might have difficulties getting along eith.
But this didn’t seem like the place where hipsters would walk around in their skinny jeans, Gothics in their Cradle of Filth hoodies and political activists dragging along their campaign.

So I said the most obvious “type of people” which give me cramps.
Those who think so highly of themselves.
Those who are so self absorbed.
Those who cannot live without compliments.
Those who don’t what modesty is.

The manager grinned and wrote something in his notebook.

Little did we know that now, a few months later, I am hired and came to work with someone who is quite full of himself.

I talked to him on the phone the other day.
He was proud to present his CV for the 15th billion time.
He mentioned his 500 linkedin contacts and 679 Xing contacts more than once.


I come across a lot of work related people who feel the need to brag to me.
Within this occasion, I am above him hierarchically.
(Which might hurt his balls, since he has 25 years more of experience than me)

I’m not impressed by status.
Nor 30 years of work experience when you’re 50+.
And certainly I am not impressed by your bragging.

The best kind of people I’ve met in life are those who have so much experience to share, but remain modest until the right moment.

How do you deal with people who like to brag?
Do you smile and nod or do tell them to shush up?

8 thoughts on “People who brag

  1. Agree with the comment above. They get an eye-roll and nothing else. Had the misfortune to sit with two of these at a party last summer. After listening to them brag to each other about their careers, cars, houses for an hour I really wanted to tell them to find a quiet spot to compare penis sizes directly rather than bore everyone with their euphemisms…

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  2. I will admit to doing so… now more about my son than about me. Growing up it was a matter of self-esteem. Now, just pride in him.

    But here is my goal, from scripture, and I’ve shared it with a few whose boasting is more over the top than my own….

    17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” 18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NLT)

    So I ask them what they’ve seen God do recently… (which if we focus on, we can’t brag about ourselves)


  3. Gosh I hate people who brag, too! I just nod my head and sometimes smile. A lot of my co-workers always say “I’m so pretty, there’s no reason for these customers not to like me.” And all I can think in my head is: your attitude is not pretty though…
    I think being humble is so attractive yet no one seems to be that way after a certain amount of attention.

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