Why Some People Always Need To Be Right

Everybody knows somebody who just has to be right, and it’s likely you find that person irritating, but therapist, Dr. Karly McBride says these people are actually fragile. She explains that people like this feel their self-image has been threatened when they are told they’re wrong, and want to make themselves look bigger or smarter, so they take it out on others. McBride sums it up, saying, “People who always need to be right tend to have fragile egos.” So what do you do if you know for a fact that a person like this is wrong? Here’s what McBride suggests: stay calm, ask for respect, and be selective about when you spend time with that person if you can or consider ditching them altogether. If you fear you’re a know-it-all you may want to seek professional help so you can treat the underlying cause of your inability to express regret or back down, but know it is possible to change your behavior.