Constantly playing down other's compliments toward you as trivial.
Complimenter: I heard you helped out that other department with streamlining processes. They said it was amazing how you got that 3 day process down to a couple hours. Good work.
Person-in-question: Well, once you figure out how to do those sorts of things in the system, its not very impressive at all... I can do it too.
At my previous job, we had this one guy who had a notorious reputation for being someone you better not tell anything that can come back to bite you in the a$$. He was the stereotypical kiss a$$, who always had his nose in everyone's personal business and no matter how hard I tried, I could never seem to avoid him. Of course, given the chance, he would be the first person to run to our boss in the event of anything "controversial". I think he saw himself as the office regulator, when in reality, all he did was stir the pot and create more havoc for everyone around him. Sound familiar anyone?
I am happy to say his life found a bit of irony and he ended up getting fired over a harassment issue with a woman in the sales department.
The moral is quite simple...
Do your work, do not get involved with the personal matters of office co-workers and stay under the radar!
My pity for her situation is apparently not enough, so she makes the same complaint over and over until I "understand" when I can really do nothing about it. Or perhaps it's a ploy to force me to put her out of their misery.
Ok, my realtor. We were out looking at houses yesterday, and there were a couple we simply couldn't find. I guess she was feeling insecure over that to begin with. But when we eventually found the next house on our list of places, she parked right in front of a fire hydrant. I pointed this out (nicely) and she accused me of being too critical and short with her. So I had to spend the next couple minutes assuring her that I was not intentionally trying to criticize her. So - most annoying trait = hyper-sensitivity to perceived criticism.