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Embark on an exhilarating voyage into the domain of self-proclaimed authorities! On this adventure, you’ll come across individuals who boldly declare their limitless expertise across a wide spectrum of subjects, readily doling out unsolicited advice to unsuspecting recipients. A recent inquiry surfaced in a community forum: “Which profession boasts the highest concentration of ‘know-it-alls’?” The responses from users are sure to elicit both unease and amusement as they recount their memorable encounters.
Many people believe that lawyers often take the spotlight on professionals who exude an air of all-knowing confidence. A user wrote, “My SIL is a lawyer, and having a conversation with her is brutal. She’s constantly playing lawyer, and it’s exhausting. She thinks she’s an expert on everything and argues about everything. For example I had to prove to her that I did crave and eat a certain fruit when pregnant, even though it wasn’t in season where we lived. But it was easy to find in the grocery store.” It’s crazy!
2. Medical Doctors
Users shared that some medical doctors believe they can fill the roles of psychologists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, education experts, and social workers. Even when they don’t claim to know everything, they often believe their medical knowledge is superior. One user suggested this could be due to a lack of negative feedback, allowing their egos to go wild.
On a positive note, many users believe that most Librarians know it all, but they don’t have an arrogant attitude. Someone wrote, “When you want to know the answer to a question about something, you need to go to it’s expert, obviously. The second best person to ask is a librarian. They might not know the answer but know where to find it.”
A user claimed, “Engineers, without a doubt. I know so many of them. They all think they’re the smartest person in any room (all the ones I know, not all engineers). It’s funny when they accidentally steer the conversation into my line of work, where I know more than them. When I fact-check them, they don’t know how to take it. They’re not used to being corrected enough.”
5. Software Developers
A Redditor said, “Studies show that most programmers think they’re very smart but are no more intelligent than any other college graduates. Just anecdotally, from working in IT, my coworkers have the most inflated egos of anybody I’ve met. It’s also problematic because people in STEM fields notoriously get very good at their one niche and then assume they are also good at other things, which they are not.”
According to users, nurses do an important job, but as a group, they are the most know-it-all profession. Someone wrote, “Some think they know more than the doctor. Lots of pseudoscience in that crowd too.”
Those who have experienced an encounter with cops say that they get angry when challenged and have that know-it-all attitude. A user said, “ You cannot disagree with a cop. They’ll take it personally and find an excuse to arrest you (often after assaulting you).” Of course, this isn’t true for all cops.
8. Sales Professionals
A user said, “Sales persons often try to put on a facade of being an expert.”
Another said, “I know a few guys in sales, and I think they have legit knowledge about the stuff they sell. Plus, they learn about many things by interacting with many people. Their persuasive attitude often leads to successful sales. However, this confidence sometimes extends to subjects they don’t know much about.”
Users believe that almost every chef thinks they know the best way to do something until they see a better one. Someone stated, “I’ve worked in high-end restaurants as a cook before, and I have to say it’s like working with army generals. And once you decide to walk away from the toxicity, they will audaciously sit there and tell you that this career path isn’t for everyone.”
While accountants, as a general rule, are quite book smart, their type-A personalities and need for control tend to make them terrible managers. Someone wrote, “Every accounting major I met in college was wicked book-smart but without social skills. They’d argue with a wall. Oh, they’re all depressed and seemed to get antidepressants easily. I say this as a former accounting major.”
Someone writes, “I think teachers are…every teacher I know doesn’t let anyone else have an opinion about the education system, nor about any of the subjects they teach. Every time it’s “well you don’t know, you’re not a teacher.”
Moms, whether working or at home, are in a professional league of their own. Their kids are never convinced they know best, and maybe often they don’t- but they try their best to know all the things when it comes to raising good humans. Yet someone writes, “I was devastated to find out my mom actually did know everything and that I was, in fact, a dumba**.”
A few people were infuriated with their encounters with architects, whom they paid a lot for a “vision” that wasn’t fully realized. Someone writes, “Nothing more annoying than an architect buddy telling you how to best go about the remodel you’re doing on your home. They don’t know jack sh** about actually making their drawings a reality.”
14. Entry Level Anything
“Anyone that works for a big company but is like a receptionist or analyst. Entry-level jobs provided by companies like Amazon or Facebook pretty much,” shares a user. This is a strange phenomenon where they take on the persona of their successful company and use it to fuel their ego.
15. Academics and Researchers
University professors and researchers tend to have an air of importance about them. While they may know a lot about a certain subject, some people are turned off by the way they come of as “knowledgeable.”
The Infallible Economist is convinced they have the key to solving all global economic problems.
Some philosophers believe they’ve unraveled the meaning of life and existence.
Yet another medical professional on the list. Some psychologists are convinced they can analyze and understand anyone’s mind effortlessly.
19. Stock Traders
Stock traders that think they can perfectly predict trends tend to have this confidence spill over into other areas of their life, giving them a big ego.
20. Fashion Designers
The belief that their designs pave the way for the future- as if there’s truly a right or wrong way for human’s to dress.
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