It’s been blog fodder the past week.

In other words, to pull off a successful boast, you need it to be appropriate to the conversation. If your friend, colleague, or date raises the topic, you can go ahead and pull a relevant boast in safety. Alternatively, if you’re forced to turn the conversation onto the required topic then you must succeed in provoking a question from your conversation partner. If there’s no question and you raised the topic then any boast you make will leave you looking like a big-head.

It makes perfect sense.  First of all, purely in terms of how much I impress you, an unprovoked boast is almost completely ineffective.  Because everybody in the world has something to boast about.  If I get to pick the topic then I will pick that one.  If you pick the topic or ask the question then the odds you serve me a boasting opportunity are long unless I am truly impressive on many dimensions.

And it follows from that why you think I am a jerk for blowing my own horn.  I reveal either that I don’t understand the logic and I am just trying to impress you or I think that you don’t understand it and I can fool you into being impressed by me.

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