Not directly related to fitness but because IST deals with concepts such as mogging and social dominance I think it's the most qualified board. Bare with me please.
Ever since my teen years, I've encountered "shit-talkers". People who are quick witted and enjoy verbal confrontation. They like to use their words to flex on you and assert social dominance over you in some way.
The thing is, there is hardly ever any substance to what they say. They just say things, and then act like they are superior. Ever since I was in middle school, it has always thrown me off.
People will try this with me, and come at me with some baseless, stupid remark. I can see right through them. I logically know I am superior and smarter than them, but even so, you have to handle it in some way. I feel like if you don't respond, you look like a bitch to those around you.
I have always found it difficult to handle these situations. I hear what they say, and I analyze it in a cold, clinical way. But my brain does not autofill with quick, snappy remarks to combat them with.
How does one handle this type of person?