Our expert says:
Apparently his way of behaving isn't really about you, but about him, perhaps his sense of inferiority, and his attempts to appear like a very competent boss. Short of his enthusiastic voluntary participation in skilled psychological treatment he isn't, indeed, likely to change. But, as you recognize, changing your responses to him may help you both.
You can thank him politely and pleasantly for his advice, and continue to do things the right way rather than his way. As you say, confronting and challenging him will only make him more stubborn and determined to prove himself RIGHT in everything. But behaving as I suggest may indeed modify his behaviour towards becoming less intrusive and absurd. Also, learn, as many spouses do, to listen just enough to say "Ah!' and "Aha!" in the right sort of places, without taking his comments to heart, letting yourself become immune to being irritated by it.
As Purple suggests, asking his advice even before he gives it, can keep him hapilly occupied without necessarily intervening in what you do.
Some people have an unconquerable urge to pontificate, even though they are not a pontiff.
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