One-upping and topic-changing are weapons of mass destruction in communication. Those who employ these tactics may think they are asserting their superiority or intelligence. The truth is that they are demonstrating a significant lack of emotional intelligence, insensitivity to others' feelings, and a desire to dominate. Their actions shut down the conversation, intimidate others, and prevent valuable insights and perspectives from being shared. We must combat these with active listening, mutual respect, and empathy in all our interactions to build the trust and connection necessary for authentic collaboration, growth, and progress.