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Showing Off in Conflict

When some of us get into a conflict we become louder, more assertive and more talkative. We may interrupt, swear, call names and use these and other techniques to prove we are right. It appears, at times, that such ways of coping with conflict are examples of ‘showing off’, and they have the same sort of impact as when we grandstand for other reasons. When used in conflict – rather than intimidating the other person as may be the intention – showing off often arouses instead feelings of repulsion, pity, antagonism and even humour.

How do you show off in conflict?

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