Beat them at their own game.
Arrogant people make for some of the most unpleasant folks to be around. They don't just think they're better than you, they act as if they know they're better than you.
They also share a few traits and characteristics with narcissists, including believing that they are unique and only understood by high-status people, always being expectant of admiration from others, having a large degree of entitlement, and a lack of empathy.
Their condescending attitudes and behaviors can make other people angry and put off by them, but you don't have to let these people bring you down. Those who stand up to arrogance are seen as having integrity, as they're not going to just let someone disrespect them.
Here are six perfect comebacks when dealing arrogant people:
1. "What makes you say that?"
This question simply asks the arrogant person to reflect on why they're generalizing, insulting or stereotyping a person. Hopefully, the arrogant person will recognize that they've said something negative and in poor taste and quit their behavior.
2. "Ouch" or "That one hurt."
Arrogant people have a knack for hurting other people's feelings. They may or may not show empathy, but they definitely understand what it means to make someone feel crappy.
Tell them that they're hurting you emotionally, don't be afraid. At least they will become aware of the fact that they're doing damage; they might even try to stop.
3. "That's not the only way of seeing things."
Of course, everyone in the free world has the right to voice their opinion and thoughts, but it's obviously incredibly naive and foolish to think that only one way of thinking (or one opinion) is some kind of universal truth. Let the arrogant person know that others do not share their negative outlook on the world.
4. "That sounded kind of arrogant... I'm sure you meant it another way."
This shows the arrogant person that you want to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe they're good-intentioned. In fact, you actually give them a chance to save face by reiterating what they meant in a kinder way while simultaneously letting them know you won't be pushed around.
5. "Did you know, my mother is actually ___?"
When an arrogant person starts to belittle a group of people, try to turn it back around on them by saying you have a relative or sibling who is of that group of people.
They only do this so they can appear to be higher status. Shock them a bit by letting them know how close it hits to home. This tells them that they're also insulting you now. They'll usually apologize and try to move on.
6. "I'd appreciate it if we stopped talking about this now."
Just as the arrogant person has rudely steam-rolled the entire conversation, you can rudely put an end to it. Arrogant folks like to talk and talk, so sometimes it's very necessary to simply end the conversation before it derails into something else entirely.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.