Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Win an Argument with Irrational People

There are a lot of irrational people in this world.

And one thing they all have in common is they like to argue. It's ironic because they are the last people who should be arguing, but they just can't help it. It's an irrational quality.

The thing about irrational people is that they don't like to be told they are irrational. In fact, they hate it. I know this because I have tried.

So, instead of arguing with irrational people, I choose to shut them down with a simple phrase. They walk away speechless. They still don't know they were being irrational, and they will never apologize, but they will shut up. For a time.

Here are some examples:

"I'm sorry sir, your FastPass was from 10:05-11:05. It is now 3:00."
"So what?"
"So, your FastPass is invalid. You have to wait in the standby line. It's only 20 minutes right now."
"WHAT? I paid $1000 to get into this park and waited for hours to use this fast pass and now you're telling me I can't?"
"Are you kidding me? I thought this was supposed to be the most magical place on earth! You are so f***ing rude I'm going to talk to your manager and get you fired!"
"That's an interesting thought."
"...*storms away*..."
Dream for the guest, nightmare for the cast members

"I shouldn't have to put my dishes in the dishwasher because I did that yesterday."
"That's an interesting thought."

"We have to go back to the island!"
"That's an interesting thought"

"Obama is a Muslim socialist Satanic Nazi who is going to take my guns and then kill you."
All together now,
"That's an interesting thought."

I'm sure you can think of many more instances to use this simple phrase and I encourage you to try it next time you find yourself in an irrational argument.

Make the world a better place. Maybe one day they'll give up.

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