Listen, nobody likes a humblebragger. These are the people who tell you about how much it sucks that this male model is in love with them because honestly, he’s so high maintenance when he spends the night, or who let you know that it’s a total hassle that their boss keeps offering them more money because it makes them feel bad when they’re around…you know… their poor friends.
And of course, humblebragging is generally something that we know you don’t do. But the catch is that sometimes, when your guard is down or when you’re feeling possibly a little bit superior to the person sitting across from you or, conversely, when you’re feeling bad about yourself and need to be boosted up a bit, you might let fly with a humblebrag or two, kind of by accident.
To help you avoid such a situation — because we know that no matter how bad you feel, you’d rather not find a humblebrag in your history several days later — we’ve put together this handy list of ways to identify such a statement. If you find that you’ve already said a humblebrag, simply tactfully move on. If you’re in the middle of it, try to change the end of your sentence very quickly. I.e.: “I hate that this male model is in love with me because…hey, did we ever get that extra bread we asked for?”
It’s not easy, but it’s possible.