Mom Thinks I'm Arguing with her when I'm trying to explain

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Every time I try to explain something to my mom she thinks I'm arguing. She is like this all the time. If I don't stop arguing(actually trying to explain something) she threatens me with something. Is she just a dumb parent or what? Please help
 

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Every time I try to explain something to my mom she thinks I'm arguing. She is like this all the time. If I don't stop arguing(actually trying to explain something) she threatens me with something. Is she just a dumb parent or what? Please help
Maybe you're a dumb kid? :wink:

It could be the tone you use or your body language. What/why are you explaining? Had she told you not to do something and you're trying to tell her she's wrong?
 
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I get straight A's. Almost anything. I try to explain to her why I'm right about something and she thinks I'm arguing. She says, "You want to be right all the time" and then I'll say something like
"I'm just trying to explain" and she'll keep saying I want to be right all the time. Anytime I try to explain to her that I'm right about something(even though I know I might not be) she'll think I'm arguing with her
 
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A family counselor who would meet with you'all would be best. Otherwise only guesses could be senility, or envy.
 
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Every time I try to explain something to my mom she thinks I'm arguing. She is like this all the time. If I don't stop arguing(actually trying to explain something) she threatens me with something. Is she just a dumb parent or what? Please help
Calling your mother a dumb parent in front of a forum with strangers indicates to me that the problem is not only with her.
 
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Otherwise only guesses could be senility, or envy.
What, no room for a kid with a bloated ego?
 
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A family counselor who would meet with you'all would be best. Otherwise only guesses could be senility, or envy.
I completely disagree about your second part. It could very well be just an extreme case of differences in type A and type B communication with absolutely no senility or envy involved. Likely, it's that combined with what Evo suggested; gozaru is unwittingly using communication methodology that is perceived as hostile when it is not at all intended to be.

EDIT: this is in agreement with micromass's suggestion. gozaru probably has a very poor realization of how he comes across to others.
 
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I get straight A's.
Irrelevant. And yeah, if this is your discussion style, then I agree with your mother.

Almost anything. I try to explain to her why I'm right about something and she thinks I'm arguing. She says, "You want to be right all the time" and then I'll say something like
"I'm just trying to explain" and she'll keep saying I want to be right all the time.
Well, are you actually right? What topic are you arguing about mostly? Why do you think she's wrong?

And really, if she says stuff like this, then this should be an indication that she does not want to talk about it any further. So do the right thing and stop arguing. Not everybody is interested in having a lot of discussions.
 
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And by the way gozaru, whether you admit it to yourself or not, I'm fairly confident that you DO want to be right all the time. That is very common for many people who are Type A and STEM oriented. It's possible I'm wrong, but unlikely. You should examine that possibility very carefully because if I'm right and you don't get a handle on it, you're in for a lot of unnecessary problems in life.

It's not something to be embarrassed by or ashamed of, it's just a condition that some of us have but it's one that it is good to be aware of if you DO have it (as I do).
 
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...I'm fairly confident that you DO want to be right all the time.
Yeah, why can't people just put their big egos aside and pursue the path of being wrong all the time?
 
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Yeah, why can't people just put their big egos aside and pursue the path of being wrong all the time?
Sarcasm aside, there ARE those of us who, unfortunately, have an unhealthy need to be right all the time. Sure, nobody wants to be wrong all the time but Type B folks in particular tend to be much more tolerant of being wrong or at least not needing to be right all the time.
 
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“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
 
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Sarcasm aside, there ARE those of us who, unfortunately, have an unhealthy need to be right all the time. Sure, nobody wants to be wrong all the time but Type B folks in particular tend to be much more tolerant of being wrong or at least not needing to be right all the time.
I understand the issue you're raising, but the way you phrase it suggests it's wrong to want to be right, leading to the absurd conclusion it must be right to want to be wrong. The problem actually is people who have an unhealthy inability to admit when they happen to be wrong. That could well be this poster's mother. It strikes me she avoids admitting when he has demonstrated she's wrong by misdirecting the focus to his alleged need to be right.
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
In 1847, when Twain was 11, his father, by then an attorney and judge, died of pneumonia.[16]
-Wiki
 
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The problem actually is people who have an unhealthy inability to admit when they happen to be wrong. That could well be this poster's mother. It strikes me she avoids admitting when he has demonstrated she's wrong by misdirecting the focus to his alleged need to be right.
The OP admits that he will argue he is right even when he knows he's wrong, I will have to side with the mother on this one.

Anytime I try to explain to her that I'm right about something(even though I know I might not be) she'll think I'm arguing with her
 
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Here's the key to getting along with women. Recite these words:

You're right.
I'm wrong.
I'm Sorry.
How can I make it up to you?
Dinner?


The last line is flexible. (The others are not!) Chocolate? Wine? Flowers?
 
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Its too bad we don't know the actual discussion here. However, I can recall movie scenes where a teen would argue the virtues of taking marijuana or some other drug citing all the attendant health benefits yada yada yada... and the parent saying you're wrong its not as healthy as you think... you'll be arrested with an ensuing impasse in the conversation. It could even be other subjects from girlfriends to cars to musical instruments to big concerts using teen vs parent arguments of too much money, too fast or too dangerous.

The most recent movie with this kind of stuff in it is The Descendants.

Kids are always near-sighted and parents are always far-sighted and therein lies the difference.

At home, I remember my son asking me to convince another parent to allow his daughter to come over for a teen birthday party. Realtime during the phone call, my son and his daughter were critiquing the conversation using AOL chat which later I thought was hilarious. The daughter was reading her father's body language and what he was saying, relaying it to my son who wanted me to keeping convincing him. He eventually said yes when he realized that we would be present and in the background, watching things and that it wasn't just all teens party with no adult supervision.
 
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As a parent with a son who Must Be Right All The Time But Calls It 'Explaining', I'm afraid I know exactly how your mother feels.

My son has built up a whole world that he thinks makes sense, but he is so inexperienced he doesn't even know that his world is so small. He has not discovered humility. (This may not be your sitch, but the result is the same.)
 
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The OP admits that he will argue he is right even when he knows he's wrong, [...]
That's not quite what he said. Having a debate with someone, but being open to the possibility that one might be wrong, is not a bad thing. There's also nothing wrong with wanting to be correct. The underlying issue is what criteria are being used to verify correctness, but we don't know whether that's even possible here because the OP still hasn't given any concrete examples.

I know plenty of people, especially ministers of religion, who are highly intelligent and can construct sophisticated (theoretical) arguments in support of their preferred position. So the crucial thing here is: can correctness be resolved by appeal to reality (i.e., empirical science), or is it just a philosophical debate and an ego/dominance thing?
 
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Eighteen posts on this now. Has ANYONE resolved the original posted problems?

I DID say that a family counselor who could meet in person with the two people involved would be best.
 
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We can close this thread now. symbolipoint has fixed it for us. :rolleyes:
 
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The OP admits that he will argue he is right even when he knows he's wrong, I will have to side with the mother on this one.
You misread that. He did not say he knows he's wrong. "Even though I know I might not be," means he's allowing that he might be wrong, i.e. that someone might find a better argument, or better facts, but until that's demonstrated, he wants to explain it as he understands it. A person should be allowed to explain something as they understand it and be listened to attentively while doing so. Only then can some error on their part, if there is one, be rebutted."You just always want to be right," is a cheap berzerker tactic; it's changing the subject.
 
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Anytime I try to explain to her that I'm right about something(even though I know I might not be) she'll think I'm arguing with her
Ok, he said that "he knows he might be wrong" yet he continues to argue he's right. I'm on the mother's side. He doesn't say that he thinks he might not be right, he says that he "knows" that he might not be right. Why can't he just admit that? Maybe if he did his mother might be more open to listening. Does he really never admit that he doesn't know?
 
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Eighteen posts on this now. Has ANYONE resolved the original posted problems?
Well, no ... we all want to be right so we all insist on continuing to promote our own take on the situation. We're not about to give up just because we haven't resolved anything. :oldlaugh:
 
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Ok, he said that "he knows he might be wrong" yet he continues to argue he's right. I'm on the mother's side. He doesn't say that he thinks he might not be right, he says that he "knows" that he might not be right. Why can't he just admit that? Maybe if he did his mother might be more open to listening. Does he really never admit that he doesn't know?
There is no point in everyone preceding everything they say with, 'I may be wrong, but ...'. It's understood when anyone opens their mouth they may be wrong.
 
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There is nothing for us to resolve.
There is no point in everyone preceding everything they say with, 'I may be wrong, but ...'. It's understood when anyone opens their mouth they may be wrong.
Tell the OP that. :biggrin:
 

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