I have this colleague. She has this very "nice" demeanor.

But, it's a complete lie.

She does what I call the "Set 'em up to fall" strategy.

Example of conversation:

Her: Oh hey! How is your work going?

Other Person: Fine.

Her: Are you working on WHATEVER ASSIGNMENT THING FOR CLASS yet?

Other Person (deluded that she wants to talk about work in an interesting way):

Yes! I'm working on ASSIGNMENT LIKE THIS. I'm DOING THIS TECHNIQUE AND I'M REALLY EXCITED.

Her: Oh! You found that way interesting. (pause) I guess I'm just so bored of that! I'm really looking for some more interesting ways to do things.

Other Person (realization of what just happened internally says "FUCK!" and moves on with day.)

Every single time she has a conversation it's about jockeying for position.

I'm super tired of hearing it. I'm super tired of her doing it to me. I've considered just not talking to her. Seriously. UGH.