Q: How should you deal with someone who always feels like they have to be right? My cousin is like this, and even when he’s obviously in the wrong he’ll never admit it, or if he does, he blames someone else for the problem. Why is he like this? — H.J.
A: I’m not exactly sure why your cousin is like this, but he may be trying to compensate for some feelings of inadequacy in other areas of his life. I dealt with a coworker several years ago that was like this. My best advice would be to minimize your interaction with him and try not to get into arguments. If he says something to someone that you know is false, you may want to approach that person in private and explain your doubts of the truthfulness of your cousin’s statement.
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