There must have definitely been a time in your life when you have come across a Mr. or Ms. Know-it-all. The quintessential character who claims he or she has all the knowledge that exists on the topic at hand. Such characters profess to be constantly learning by communicating with others. Most often than not this ‘so called’ communication is a one way monologue between themselves and the person who is subjected to the torture of listening to them with no scope whatsoever to put in a few words of their own opinion but a ‘hmm’ and a ‘han’.
I came across one such lady in a social gathering. She was the M-I-L of a friend. She considered herself to be an expert of sorts on Indian cuisine and had to have an opinion on every food type present even if it was something she had never cooked or even eaten before.
Seeing the array of dishes, she was happy that now she could start commenting on all the items as she tried them. But this time she was stumped, the salt, sugar and spices somehow and surprisingly seemed to be just right , much to her dismay.So Ms. Know-it-all decided to play Ms. Ignorant , just this time of course, and asked the host for the recipe of a dish, she praised a bit too much.
The host was no simpleton herself, She epitomised the Know-it-all community in the world. As she started to give out the recipe, my friends M_I_L had to butt in saying she knew most of the theory of the dish, since she had friends who made the dish quite often, all this even before the host could get past the ingredients!
The host was not someone to take this lying down,She stopped short , or in this case had no choice, and asked the MIL to complete the recipe the way her friends made it. Ha ha! Ms. Know-it-all was foxed!!! A perfect example of foot in mouth!! she had to make do with a sheepish act of how she didn’t quite recollect the recipe since it was a long time ago and begged the host for a recap of the same……….to save face!
Some psychologists say that this Know it All behaviors stems from the fact that the person has probably been slotted as a ‘dumber’ at some point of time in their life, and the Know it all behaviour is a defense mechanism or a cover up for that insecurity they feel inside… could be .. who knows….should ask Ms Know-it-all !!