Use these 10 rhetorical techniques to beat back anyone who condescends toward you. Plus: why the heck do people do this, anyway?
Guys have been asking me for more stuff on debating for a while now
(since the piece on Donald Trump persuasion).
In this article, we’ll take a brief foray away from girl-getting, into the land of general social calibration.
In particular, we’ll talk about defending yourself against smug,
“Oh, you think that, do you? Well, you’re just misinformed.”
This form of condescension has become extremely common among
some populations in the early 21st Century West. My typical
advice is to avoid smug individuals. Smugness is a giveaway for social ladder climbing behavior;
those who engage in it are not fruitful contacts for the active,
ambitious man, and are better avoided.
It didn’t used to be like this; Christian conservatives in the 1990s
used moral superiority, but they did not condescend to the same extent
other groups do today. If you’re a free-thinking man, the attacks
you’ll find yourself up against today are some of the dirtiest, most
dastardly attacks humans can wield in the verbal arena... and if you
want to defend yourself, you’re going to need some tools to do it.