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10 Things to Remember If You Love a Sarcastic Person

10 Things to Remember If You Love a Sarcastic Person

Believe me: if I didn’t have to shield myself with sarcasm on a daily basis, I wouldn’t. But with all the garbage going on in the world that makes not a lick of logical sense, I think my head would explode if I took it all too seriously. I’m just glad my loving wife understands that…

1. Sarcastic people are quick-witted.

Well, maybe just quicker than our targets. We immediately see the irony in a situation, and will be quick to point it out, even if we know no one else will have the slightest clue what we’re talking about. It’s kind of sadistic, but using sarcasm gives us a sense of empowerment, since we can gauge other people’s thought process based on whether or not they understood our quick jab.

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2. Be careful what you say around a sarcastic person.

I don’t mean you should be ready for someone to chime in with “That’s what she said” or anything (and if anyone does chime in with that, you have my permission to hit them). But make sure you don’t say something that you know sounds stupid and is going to open you up to immediate ridicule. It might be a quick, off-the-cuff remark, but chances are, you won’t live it down for quite some time.

3. Sarcastic people bring you up to their level.

Once you start interacting with a truly sarcastic individual, you’ll get the hang of how to converse with them, and will know what they’re thinking at all times. This is a skill a lot of people don’t have, and it ends up making them look foolish at times. So the next time you catch yourself about to say something that you know your sarcastic friend will throw back at you, thank him for giving you a one-up on everyone else!

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4. Sarcastic people are almost never serious.

I know, I know; “behind every joke, there’s some truth.” But like I said in the intro, if sarcastic people didn’t have a sense of humor, some of them would be outright suicidal. Instead of taking things to heart and dwelling on them endlessly, we take the opposite route and let things roll off our backs.

5. If a sarcastic person teases you, it means he likes you.

Just because they incessantly pick on you doesn’t mean they don’t like you. In fact, if someone acts sarcastic to your face, it almost certainly means he truly enjoys your company. My wife knows I’d never say anything rude to her and actually mean it. But just because she means the world to me doesn’t mean I’m not going to get a quick jab in here and there. I gotta keep her on her toes!

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6. If you hear a sarcastic person mumble something, don’t ask him to repeat it.

Chances are, he mumbled it for a reason. It most likely meant nothing, but he just had to say it out loud or else he’d be left stewing for the rest of the day. On the other hand, if this becomes a regular occurrence, refer to the previous entry; if he really cares about you, he’ll make fun of you right to your face!

7. When a sarcastic person doles out a compliment, he means it.

Of course, it’s obvious when this isn’t true (like when you know you’re having a bad hair day, and he says, “Nice new ‘do!'”), but true compliments from a sarcastic person should be taken to heart, even more so than from the friend who always compliments you no matter what. If you get a sarcastic person to let down his guard and get serious, even for a short moment, you know he cares deeply about you.

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8. Sarcastic people love other sarcastic people.

Whether you’d think of it as a meeting of the minds or a war of wits, when two sarcastic people interact, get ready for fireworks. Regardless of if they’re teaming up or butting heads, getting two people armed to the teeth with salty comments is sure to provide hours of entertainment for everyone else involved.

9. People use sarcasm to deal with the world.

Sarcasm really is just a defense mechanism, whether we want to admit it or not. There are definitely things beyond our control in this universe, and we simply have to accept that. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t be a little bitter about it! Let us cope with the things we cannot change by at least making a quick comment about them. After we let off some steam, we’ll most likely move on and forget all about it.

10. Don’t get on our bad side.

Just kidding. Or maybe I’m not. You were smart enough to get this far—you figure it out!

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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