I realized today how nervous and annoyed my boss makes me and that I need to figure out a way to deal with it without flipping a shit or losing my cool. My boss is basically the highly detail oriented micomanager type who tends to be passive aggressive. It didn't used to bother me until I was assigned one project and didn't use the method he used to solve the problem.
After a debate and getting some people involved outside our group (I work for a large company with many departments) it was decided in this meeting that the method I used was correct. Ironically, I was not invited to this meeting and another supervisor in attendance congratulated me on the good job after he got out.
Ever since then I noticed my boss has been up my ass more than usual. I cant prove this fact, but I feel like he goes out of his way to look for errors in my work and has since been assigning me more mundane tasks. In a way I cant complain, because I hate interacting with the guy in the first place, but I feel like it is kind of childish and I don't understand the motivation.
One instance stands out that lead me to the conclusion in the above paragraph. My boss was asking me a lot of questions about this one assignment. He kept questioning me about the answer I was giving him to his question. I thought the answer was straightforward but apparently not, so he called another supervisor to get a second opinion. I ended up getting assigned to go down to that supervisor and get his feedback more formally. When I arrived at the other supervisors office, the first thing he said was "I dont know why the hell he is wasting our time asking this question." Then I asked the other supervisor if the information I gave my boss was incorrect or if I was misunderstanding something. He told me no, my answer was fine, and then told me "Just try to relax and let it roll off your shoulders." And to top it off, even after I told my boss that the other supervisor agreed with my answer, he still didnt accept it but said something along the lines of "Whatever, let's just get this out of here."
So at this point I need a coping mechanism to not let my boss get under my skin, because when he does it starts affecting my work and I start making stupid mistakes, which gives him ammo to go looking for errors.
And as an aside. Adults are full of shit that the "real world" is tough. If you ask me this is worse than high school At least in HS, if someone pissed you off you could kick their ass in the locker room. Here you have to smile and take it like a bitch. Sometimes I wish I was born a wimp so this childish crap wouldnt get to me.