When I face a situation like this, I just don't say anything ( I certainly look wiser :D ).This is something that worries me because I have had to lie foolishly and do that to avoid something worse when I have come across people like that and I know that say no, can be worse than telling the truth.
I have known some people who were emerged from emotional turbulence with wisdom and humbleness. While others, only bitterness, and anger. Could it be, that trials are truly the agents of crossroads? You can go down or up. If you go down, you are not ready for the next chapter. If you lost the battle, your soul might don't have the neccessary equipment to self-repair. No one can do it for you. Either has it and do it or not. If you accept the invitation for the same cycle it's your choice. We all have trials, but the difference is how we react to these trials.At the same time I wonder what if we are also observing people who are not necessarily OP being influenced in some way due to their emotional weakness and who have lost that battle?
Certainly, it is, in order to fit in an alien environment.So it is possible that even we ourselves adopt certain types of similar attitudes according to the social dynamics to which we are most exposed.