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Defense against boasting power moves

Hello guys,

as you know narcissistic people and/or social climber will exaggerate their social contribution, achievements or qualities.

How to react when they act like this?

Option 1: to exaggerate: "yes man, it's obvious you are the smartest man in the World". This is using humor. However, it amplifies their thread and it is following them.

Option 2: assertiveness: "Man, I think you're exaggerating a bit to make yourself look good in this situation"

What do you think? Other options?

I thought Lucio's "give them rope to hang" works well.

For example,

So this is what makes you the best?

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Lucio BuffalmanoJohn Freeman

Great suggestion. Thanks!

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