Sometimes I think he argues just for the sake of arguing.
(A bit like someone else I know!).
I come up with an idea for business, and he is the first one of the group to comment, and usually with a negative reaction, rather than a positive and supportive comment.
But the more I think about it, the more I see that I should welcome this.
I could surround myself with fawning yes-men who stroke me at every opportunity.
But then how would I ever see through the pink clouds and discern the storm clouds on the horizon?
Better, during the wave-hands-in-the-air preliminary idea phase get a rock-solid barrier and prove that I can surmount it then, rather than wait until I have invested days of work setting the thing up, only to discover I’d not thought of everything.
Better to embrace this source of negativity; if nothing else it is an early acceptance-test for my ideas.
And it is free.