Friday, February 24, 2012

One upper

Nope, this post is not dedicated to the player who gets an extra life from the  popular video game Super Mario. I'm actually referring to people that we don't like that much and we often see in each corner of the world.. the one uppers.

Source: Urban Dictionary
One upper
 - An annoying person who responds to hearing someone else’s experience or problem by immediately telling a similar story about themselves with a much more fantastic (or terrible) outcome.

- who feels like they need to be better than everyone else, so they constantly "one-up" anything that anyone says.

- someone who needs to make themself feel better by making themself seem greater than everyone else
-someone who thinks they know everything, everyone, and has done everything you do, but better. 
An example of a conversation with a One upper..
Girl 1 : which type of salt do you buy?
Girl 2: Sea salt, I heard it's healthier.
Girl 1: How much do you buy it?
Girl 2: around $2 to $3.
Girl 1: You see, I usually buy the most expensive sea salt that you can buy in the market. Because the sea salt that you buy settles in the ground, mine is usually on the top so it's cleaner and it's more healthier.
Girl 2 (nods, smiles) : that's amazing! 

I'm sure each one of us knows a one upper or two.. but how do we handle them? can we just stay away from them like a person with a terrible B.O.? LOL well we could... but we opt not to..

instead, we do these:

a. We tend to be sucked up into their game and try to one up them too. Terrible but true!
b. We ignore their story and change the topic instantly.
c. We follow these steps, which I mastered for quite some time now. "Nod, smile and say, that's amazing! "

Being a one upper is basically a result of an insecurity within. One uppers will do anything to make everything around them seem so better than anybody else. They're annoying but we have to deal with them anyhow since they're everywhere!