Did you ever realize how weird it is when you're trying to have a conversation with someone and they're 100% positive that there's no way they're wrong? And I don't mean a one time thing. I mean most of the time you talk to them, everyone else is wrong? Never their fault? Well, I tell you what, I used to be that person. Here are the issues, from my experience. 1) Most of the time when this happens, the person is pretty defensive and protective of how they are viewed. 2) Have a hard time admitting their wrong. 3) Say they don't think that they're right about everything and yet, their communication style says differently.
Having a conversation with this type of person is draining and feels silly because no one, except God, could always be right. It doesn't matter how much one person knows, there's always someone else that knows more. In order to have conversations with others and learn from one another, we have to be willing to be wrong. And frankly, if one's concern is making sure that people don't look down on them, they're wasting their time because not only does that behavior usually induce negative opinions of the person, we can't control what people think about us. We do our best knowing God will take care of the rest.
Proverbs 18:2 says, "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.". I don't know about you, but I do NOT want to be a fool. I vow to listen more than speak. Converse more than assume. And admit to being unsure before pretending I'm correct. This helps us to connect with others. This opens up opportunities. This is NOT being defensive.