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Nov 12, 2008

Explain the Things Other People Do or Say

Everyone has experienced this situation.

One of your friends or colleagues has behaved strangely, and a member of your group is determined to hold it against them.

How do you explain to them the thinking a reasoning behind your friend's actions?
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Never try to explain something you don't know anything about. You may make the situation even worse, or be barking up the wrong tree. It would be better to stay out of the situation completely.
Don't be patronizing. If you don't understand something, being made to feel like an idiot isn't going to help.
Try to explain using real life experiences, or neutral circumstances. Choose something that you are sure the person you are explaining to will understand.
Try not to get annoyed. It may be frustrating if your correspondent still does not understand after a few attempts, but persevere.
If it goes horribly wrong, try to get another person to explain. It may be embarrassing, so try a few get out clauses. A common one "I know what it is, but it's really hard to explain" or "Oh, wait, i think ______ can explain better" or even "I'm not a born teacher".

If it's sexual and you're explaining it to the opposite gender say it scientifically and never use common rude gestures.
Stay calm and positive toward yourself.
No one is making you explain. Never feel pressured, even if you do know the answer

Never make yourself out as a know-all, unless you want people constantly coming to you for advice.
If you don't know what you're talking about, keep quiet. Botched explanations are more damaging than no explanation at all.