ANSWERS: 32
  • Insecure people trying to garner support to make them feel better...losers sometimes...
  • psychotic
  • Politicians
  • Honestly, the most accurate description I can think of is "...off." There's just something off about someone who is so concerned with why my opinion isn't exactly the same as theirs.
  • pit-bull
  • Beaters of dead horses.
  • Irritating and ultimately very boring.
  • Human. Specifically, it's the aspect of being human that defines identity in terms of beliefs. Who are we? What does it mean to say "I am me?". I've asked many people some form of that question, and spent many years wondering about it and thinking about it and talking to people about it. Here's what I learned: it is *damn* difficult to answer that question with something solid! All the answers that one can come up with are very easy to challenge and dismantle. This "insubstantiality" of "myself" -- the inability to pin it down or solidify it -- is something that the human mind is aware of, usually at a subconscious level. It's a chronic and vague anxiety that dogs everything we do, normally. So the mind is very anxious to solve that problem -- to FIX the problem of vague identity. One of the more common solutions is to define oneself in terms of beliefs: "I believe in Jesus!", or "I believe in America!" or "I believe in science as the answer!". Beliefs have a kind of permanence and apparent solidity, they can be written down and made into systems of great complexity and scope. Because of that apparent solidity, often the mind is tempted to just stand real close to the belief system and hang on with all its might. It's "solidity by association", like a child clinging to the edge of the swimming pool. So far, it doesn't seem like much of a problem -- so what? People hang on to their beliefs, how is that a problem? Well, there's two problems: (a) it provides a false sense of certainty about identity which undermines progress toward true identity (b) it sets one up in *opposition* to all competing belief systems -- everyone who doesn't see the world your way is "the other", and a potential threat. The more anxiety one has about their identity, the more likely they are to see other viewpoints as the enemy, and the more aggressive they become in attacking "outsiders". So a lot of the world's conflicts boil down to this: insecure humans clinging to a false sense of security provided by beliefs (and group membership, which comes from many people clinging to the same beliefs and each other), and then engaging in fear-based aggressive behavior toward other groups. What we see here on Answerbag is the mild symptoms: people typing rude things. In meatspace, it often enough devolves to violence.
  • I don't have people like that around me. I kind of gravitate away however I can.
  • Insecure & Closed-minded. I believe that if they feel the desperate need for others to see things the way they do, they're unsure about the belief themselves, even if it's a subconscious or minor dout. For example, I believe in the Big Bang / Evolution theories, but I don't feel the need to express it to others. I believe in what makes sense to me, & if others believe something different, fine. I'm open to debates, and you never know, I may one day come across a different theory which makes even MORE sense, and change my beliefs; but shoving things down others' throats is entirely pointless.
  • ...atheism, homosexuality, politics. It's proof that opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. And I don't want anybody else's pushed in my face.
  • I know I do it for a fact. It's only because I need to talk to democrats and understand what the HELL they are thinking because it's beyond me 90% of the time.
  • over the top
  • I simply can't care less.
  • Annoying and ppl i choose not to associate with.
  • i think that, ok, if they think that, it's fine, but they shouldn't expect that everybody agrees with them.
  • Republican.
  • Poor communicators.
  • An arrogant know-it-all.
  • In 95% of the cases, the word is "leftists." Abortion is about the only exception to that rule. Leftists impose speech codes, all the "politically correct" things you aren't allowed to say, all cigar shops will be banned from Boston in a couple of years, conservatives are almost never allowed to speak at colleges, conservative professors are virtually excluded from sociology and psychology faculties, the arts hound you out if you are conservative (as we saw in the Proposition 8 campaign in California), they control ALL the networks and ALL big-city newspapers and ALL universities. Now they are trying to shut down talk radio so they won't ever have to hear anything except their own propaganda--or allow you to, either.
  • Extremist - and all extremists are potentially dangerous.
  • Jerks.
  • Insecure in their own beliefs.
  • Annoying and dogmatic ;0)
  • Unsuccessful I appreciate the sharing of opinions, but ultimately I make up my own.
  • Obnoxious.
  • I dunno. Boring? ;-)
  • "Pests."
  • They are unsure of their own opinions. They have a sense of insecurity. They are not sure whether they are right. They try to recruit more people into their opinions.
  • Intimidated by knowledge.
  • Insecure. Are you so insecure that you need everyone to believe like you do?
  • i feel like they need to mind their own business

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