Archive for June, 2012

Type of Guy to Avoid #1: The Show Off

He’s brash, thinks he’s cooler than everyone else, is usually a know-it-all, totally impulsive, likes the sound of his own voice, and makes really stupid decisions.  If this sounds like someone you know, avoid them at all costs once the zombie shit hits the fan.

The thing that sets the Show Off apart and makes him easy to recognize is the fact that he typically doesn’t have very refined skills.  He does things just to do them, then makes a big deal about it, but does nothing to improve upon it.  Since most of us are fairly non-confrontational, we smile and give him a half-hearted “way to go dude” and then roll your eyes when he’s not looking..  The problem with this is, even that minute amount of approval reinforces his ego and his overly inflated sense of worth.

He also typically thinks he knows better than you and has more experience in life than you.  A Show Off is usually a One-Upper (someone who always has to one-up a story or possession) too.  If you have an idea, he has a better one and won’t bother to consider anything else.

This is not someone you want to have to deal with come ZDay.

The last thing you and your group need to worry about is an obnoxious Show Off thinking he knows whats best for the group, doing something that puts the group in danger, and even possible swaying those that don’t any better to his way of thinking.

If you do end up with a show off in your group then put him in his place right away.  He cannot be allowed to think that he has any authority over the group and it’s decisions.  If he fights this, then tell him he can leave.  Or, use his stupidity to your advantage and get him to do tasks that no one else wants to and that aren’t too important.

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