It’s important to have opinions. However, if you’re one of those people who thinks they know everything, your opinion onslaught may be driving others (friends, colleagues, mates and dates alike) away – and fast! After all, nobody likes a know-it-all. Part of being a social creature is being able to recognize when to keep your mouth shut, no matter what your mind is telling you. Even if they think they’re just expressing themselves or sharing their breadth of knowledge in an effort to help someone out, the overly opinionated get on our nerves and rarely get taken seriously – even when they have something worthwhile to share!
Here are some signs you’re one of them:
1. You always dominate the conversation
Being a leader, a social butterfly or a charismatic person is one thing. Sure, sometimes you’re going to have to hold the floor, and sometimes it’ll happen even if you’re not trying – regardless of whether or not you fit any of the aforementioned descriptions. If, on the other hand, you’re always front and center and never seem to run out of things to say… there’s a chance you’re talking when you should be listening. Which brings us to…
2. You don’t listen, you wait for your chance to talk
A surefire sign you’re overly opinionated is not waiting to actually hear what someone has to say before you jump in with what you’ve been dying to add to the conversation since (before) it started. Conversation is meant to be an exchange, not a one-mouth firing squad.
3. You never change your mind
Though it’s considered a flip-flop in politics, most people are open to changing their minds once they get new information. If you never change your mind, even when faced with circumstantial changes or scientific advancements or even changes of heart (why would you, after all, you already know what you believe), odds are that you’re overly opinionated!
4. You jump to conclusions
Evidence be damned, you’ve got your worldview. So why bother waiting for someone to share something? It’s not like they’ll offer new information, right? Wrong! If you know where a conversation is going and simply must add your two (make that ten) cents, without waiting to hear the complete thoughts of the person you’re speaking with, then you guessed it…. overly opinionated.
5. You know something… about everything
Being knowledgeable and having diverse interests is one thing. Having information on every topic that ever arises is another thing altogether. There’s no way that one person can have an actual, informed point of view regarding every subject they encounter. Consider your opinion valid without being informed? There’s a very good chance that you’re the prince (or princess) of the party foul known as being certain you know the answers, despite the fact that you’ve probably missed the questions.