17 Obvious Signs That Your Friend Thinks They Are Better Than You

Navigating friendships can sometimes feel like deciphering a cryptic crossword puzzle. But if you’ve ever felt a sneaking suspicion that your pal might be looking down at you from a self-erected pedestal, these 17 signs may shed some light on the mystery.

They’ve Suddenly Become a Life Coach

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Perhaps it’s the dozen self-help books they’ve recently consumed or a newfound love for YouTube gurus, but their relentless advice-giving is starting to sound less friendly and more like an infomercial.

Their Selfies Get a Solo Exhibit

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Every gathering turns into a personal photoshoot. But strangely, only one model emerges: them. Their social media has transformed into a tribute to their face, with nary a group photo in sight.

Their Gift-Giving Has…Conditions

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“This old designer dress of mine would look good on you. Oh, by the way, have you considered my skincare workshop?” It’s great they’re exploring their entrepreneurial side, but intertwining friendship with business is a tad much.

They’ve Adopted a ‘Royal We’

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No, they haven’t suddenly become monarchs, nor have they disclosed having multiple personalities. Their inflated sense of self might be expanding, and unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be room for others in their royal court.

They Humble-brag

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Conversations often start with, “I’m overwhelmed with all these gala invites!” or “Another fan letter for my blog today.” It’s like every interaction is an audition for a reality show, where they’re both the star and the biggest fan.

They’re Always One-Up

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Mentioned your weekend staycation? They’ve just returned from a month-long European escapade. It feels less like sharing achievements and more like an unending game of competitive storytelling.

“You Wouldn’t Understand, It’s a [Blank] Thing”

Emotional Labor
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Lately, they’ve categorized every experience. Suddenly, “It’s a vegan thing” or “It’s a CrossFit thing” becomes their mantra. It’s wonderful that they’re finding new passions, but segregating every topic as if you’re not in the loop is a subtle way of creating distance.

Their Calendar is ‘Always’ Full

Remembers Important Dates
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Trying to plan a simple brunch feels like negotiating an international treaty. Their once flexible schedule is now guarded like Fort Knox, and while it’s great that they’re active and involved, the constant reminders of their jam-packed calendar can start to feel exclusionary.

“I Used to Be Like You”

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They often reflect on their “old self” and how they’ve evolved, hinting that you’re still on chapter one. Personal growth is a marvelous thing, but if they paint it like you’re living in a past version while they’re in the future, it’s just patronizing.

Their Compliments Feel Like…Critiques

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Their praise now feels like it’s laced with a side of sarcasm. “Oh, your DIY hairstyle is… brave!” or “Your homemade cookies? Almost as good as store-bought!” If you find yourself decoding their compliments more than enjoying them, there’s a sign.

They Offer ‘Helpful’ Hints

The _Why Are You So Quiet_ Question When It_s Them Who Can_t Listen When I Try To Speak
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From unsolicited fashion tips to home decor advice, they’ve self-appointed themselves as your personal guru. It’s one thing to offer feedback, but when every chat feels like a tutorial, it’s a tad overwhelming.

They Remember Their Success, Forget Yours

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Their recent promotion? Recounted daily. Your recent accomplishment? They’ve conveniently forgotten. If their memory of your successes seems to have a shorter shelf life than theirs, it speaks volumes.

Your News is Old News to Them

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Whenever you excitedly share something new, they heard it “weeks ago.” It’s as if they’re perpetually a step ahead. Their ‘been there, read that, knew that’ attitude can quickly turn sharing news into a deflating experience.

They’ve Become a Walking Infomercial

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Whether it’s the new diet regimen or the meditation app they swear by, every conversation feels like a pitch. It’s great to share what works for them, but when every talk feels transactional, it’s just not social.

They’re the Star of Every Story

The Pursuit of Personal Growth and Progress
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Gone are the shared anecdotes. Now, every tale revolves around their adventures, achievements, and accolades. If you feel like a mere supporting actor in the drama of their life, it’s time to reconsider your role.

They’ve Cultivated a ‘Signature’ Everything

They Don_t Speak Badly About People Who Aren_t There
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Their daily routine now includes a ‘signature’ dance move, drink, or even a catchphrase. It’s like they’re branding themselves, preparing for their eventual celebrity status. And while it’s amusing at first, it can get a tad repetitive.

They Misunderstand ‘Competition’

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Specifically here, we’re talking about those types of competitive situations that leave bad blood afterward. If they’re turning every Scrabble match into the World Series, it’s evident they’re playing a different game.

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