Lately I’ve came to understand that antipathy towards person is like tell of genuine authority on subject. Just look at ugly rumors, personal attacks and trash talk known experts get.
Clearly my antipathy isn’t unique. Maybe it isn’t personal either? What personal problem do we have with highly experienced professionals?
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People tend to quietly (or openly) regard themselves as first and last authority. For others who are obviously better at something our minds compromise that we are almost as good. For others who are astonishingly better – we start to feel inferior and thus threatened.
Experts are at level beyond average. Average don’t like that.
With great knowledge comes potential to use it. Paths and options, exclusive to experts, may seem more tasty and profitable. Without relation to the fact if they really are. Grass always seems greener on the other side and fence is high.
Experts have extra options. Options that average would like, but can’t have.
Frankly put experts aren’t known for telling pleasant lies. They are professionals, that are commonly called when fan is already in shit dispense mode. It doesn’t condition them to be nice, friendly and pleasing – that comes only after mess if fixed. If ever.
Experts are straightforward and have no need for an edge through lie. Honesty is not something average appreciate, when directed at them.
I do not know how close on the mark I am here. But antipathy is clearly there and I don’t believe that being really good at something turns you into jerk automatically.
Do you feel that experts just rub you the wrong way? Had you ever annoyed people just by being good at what you do?