Psychology Question

by Chris Bowen
(Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia)

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Hello. I would like to know if the following has some type of name or diagnosis in psychological terms. Any help would be much appreciated.

I am currently working with a guy who answers questions as if the answer is obvious.

It goes without saying that if it were obvious then you wouldn't have asked the question yet his answer is always in this style.

This results in a rude response and a difficult work environment. Is this a psychological condition whereby people expect you to know the answer to the very question you have asked?

Hope I have given enough information.


Chris Bowen

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Mar 11, 2011
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, I do not think this is a disorder - simply a habit. People who fall into this often have been doing it so long that they no longer do it intentionally, or even realize they are doing it.

I think it is a good idea to gently remind him, after he has answered a question this way, that the answer was not obvious, or perhaps even apologize for not hearing him before (even if he hasn't told you). This may give him a clue as to the result of his tone on others - that they should have known already. Try not to get upset or exasperated, this will only make things worse.

Take care, and good luck.

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