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It is discouraging, to say the least, for me. I have a coworker who's regular response is "i know" and it makes it difficult to want to communicate.
Thanks Fastian. I agree that a thanks is usually the more polite answer, which is why I posted the question. I get "I know" a lot (especially from co-workers). I was starting to wonder if I was in the minority on this manor.
You're welcome Stacey. Most people only love to speak & assert themselves. They think listening to whatever they even don't know is an insult to their knowledge(sort of). But along with "I know" of others is humbleness on your part.
Oh nice point - I hadn't considered the humbleness aspect...
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My initial response (to the "i know") is usually to say "you're welcome" :) But that rarely would get a good result so I refrain.
Old Empresario says
Nice comments, a response like you described would show that you listened and are engaged in the conversation.