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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Pathological Contrarian

That reflexive urge to disagree …

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The Pathological Contrarian
— Scott Adams, 8-4-2011 (

You know the type. You'll say the sky is blue; he'll say it's aqua. You'll say the Earth is round; he'll say it's flat. You'll say software is "soft" because it's meant to be modified; he'll say it can't be changed. He is the pathological contrarian. And Dick Ed is his name.

Is there anything more annoying than a pathological contrarian? Maybe a pathological liar is more sinister. But when it comes to being a pain in the ass, the pathological contrarian is king.

You will see his shadow darkening the door of every online discussion. He will lurk there until he has surmised the prevailing view, preferably one that has a preponderance of the supporting evidence in plain sight. It is then that he springs into action. He will assert that up is down, right is left, and that Nancy Pelosi is a great public servant. And it's all downhill after that.

The man is a walking, talking douchebag. And he will have the last word. Depend on it.

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  1. AMEN to that. crazy pathological contrarians. IMPOSSIBLE to have a rational conversation with them.

    1. Can't converse with 'em; can't kill 'em. Consider yourself blessed if you can shun 'em.