Raymond Richmond, PH.D in his book, ‘Psychology from the heart’ writes, “Knowing-that is, anticipating-what might happen next is a characteristic defensive desire of children in dysfunctional families. After all, if they can guess an irrational parent’s next move, they might be able to avoid an ugly family scene. To such children, then , it’s a loathsome thing to admit, ‘I don’t know.’ This explains why, if you offer some piece of information to a person who grew up in a dysfunctional family, his or her response will likely not be a humble ‘Thank you’ but will be a quickly retorted ‘I know’
Thought for the day: when someone gives you some piece of information or advice do you respond with ‘I know’ or do you respond with ‘Thank you?’ The proud person cannot be taught anything. On the other hand, the humble person responds with a simple ‘Thank you’ even when you are telling them something they already know.
Are you humble? Ask yourself this question. When someone gives you a piece of advice, do you say ‘I know’ or do you say ‘Thank you?’