I’ve been thinking lately about the different kind of people you meet…in particular, the ones that tend to annoy me. Starting a new job means you get to observe people and the dynamics within any team. And I reckon that’s kind of where this stems from. I’m going to try my best to categorise them:
I’m anxious; you need to be too: These are the ones that are so highly anxious to the point when it’s contagious. Now, I am an anxious person. But I rarely make others anxious. However, I have known people who think it’s doom and gloom all the way through and make you doubt yourself a zillion times! I still vividly remember when I started my fourth year course here. Another student from India was doing the same course but wasn’t sure if she would get into the Masters program. And her way of coping with? Telling me in our first week in a new country starting uni that the degree from our uni was not recognised by the immigration department for residency purposes. You can imagine how anxious that would have made me! Turns out she was completely wrong. And she ended up doing her Masters there as well.
Two-faced bitch: This is the lady that talks and smiles and is very friendly with you. She gossips about the woman in the next room and what a bitch she can be and how demanding she is. The next day, you watch her talking to the same lady she gossiped about, this time bitching about someone else in the office and their taste in clothes. Yes, this is the person that bitches about everybody to everybody. Be careful what you tell them.
Know-it-all: This person loves to impart advice. Whether you want it or not. And to tell you what you’ve done wrong. For instance, when you say you have bought a new used car, they question your choice of car and tell you how they know someone who knows someone who had the same car go bust after a 100,000 kms. Or they question you about why you didn’t just buy a new car. Without knowing your financial situation or anything else about you. Or they will tell you about why you really should exercise every day and what you need to do to get rid of the pimples which don’t bother you. The girl from the first example could also possibly fit here.
Best buds: No, they are not really your buddy. But they like to think they are. In some situations. For instance, they have difficulty with a certain task but you don’t but they will still present it at a meeting with the manager as “we have been having difficulty with…” I’m sorry. Since when did I have a problem with that? But then, whether you like it or not, the best bud just sucked you in on the discussion and you have no choice but to sit through it.
Palmer-off: If you are an extremely hard-working person at uni or work, and good at heart, you probably will succumb to the conspiracies of the Palmer-off. They are the ones who slack off and dump all their work on to you. They will be oh-so-nice and beg you for your assistance with tasks and before you realise it, you have done it all. Including your work. While they had a relaxing gossip session and tea with their buddies.
Brag-a-delic: They are awesome. They are wonderful. Everyone loves them. They are perfect. That’s what they say. Not many others share the same view. Yes, these wonderful people love to talk about how wonderful they are. They talk about their successes, will never admit to a fault, talk about how so-and-so complimented them on the dress they were wearing, how efficient they were in organising something blah, blah, blah. Every. Single. Day. Unfortunately, they do not seem to have an understanding of the age-old saying “actions speak louder than words“.
These are just some of the people I have had the ‘honour’ to meet in my last 26 years on this planet. Despite not liking them very much, they do give me something to blog about. And are interesting to observe as long as I am not trapped by them.
Have you had the pleasure of meeting any of these people? Do share
Do you know of any other character types that you would like to talk about?
All I can say is, thank god the world is not entirely made up of these characters. We still have the decent ones. The helpful ones. The cheerful ones. The friendly ones. The supportive ones.
Even if they may be few and far between.
Until next time,