Long time listener, first time caller. A problem that has bothered me for many years is how to deal with friends who take their horoscope (and the like) too seriously.
The best I’ve come up with is to ignore it (nod and smile) whenever the topic comes up. That can work sometimes, but often the conversation just keeps going and it’s tough not to say anything. I’ve tried pretending that I believe, or at least having fun with it, but that gets old quickly. I don’t want to talk down to these people, but the honest truth is that (in my eyes) it makes them look really stupid.
I have no problem with people who dabble in it for fun once in a while - goodness knows I enjoy some silly/illogical things from time to time - but it is when they start talking about not wanting to date someone because he’s this sign, or not trusting someone because she’s that sign, that I begin to lose my sense of humor about it.
Do I walk away? Do I play along? Do I try to believe?
I try to respect my friends as equals, but sometimes they make it tough.