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* 20 Unpleasant Conversations (p.3 of 5)

 

20.10   When you question somebody's sanity angrily

 

Are you crazy?   Listen   <“Why did you tell my sister about my accident? Are you crazy? Now, she’s going to eat me alive.”>

Are you out of your mind?   Listen   <“Have you blown a thousand dollars in Las Vegas? Are you out of your mind? Do you know how much entertainment this money could buy?”>

Are you out of your head?   Listen   <“Did you shoplift a five-dollar toy in a department store and get caught red-handed? Are you out of your head? Now you have a criminal record.”>

Are you nuts?   Listen   <“Why are you driving thirty miles over the speed limit? Are you nuts? You have two speeding tickets already.”>

Are you psychotic or what?   Listen   <“Did you touch the arm of a little boy in the swimming pool? Are you psychotic or what? Don’t you know you could easily be accused in the sexual harassment of a minor?”>

Have you gone crazy?   Listen   <“Did you flirt with your wife’s sister at the party? Have you gone crazy? Have you forgotten how jealous your wife is?”>

Have you gone insane?   Listen   <“How could you hit a man? Have you gone insane? You’ll get a reputation for being compulsively aggressive.”>

Have you lost your mind?   Listen   <“What? Did you speed on a busy road and bump into a police car? Have you lost your mind?”>

Have you lost your senses?   Listen   <“I lied in court under oath. Now it has become known.” – “How on Earth could you do that? Have you lost your senses?”>

Have you lost your marbles?   Listen   A “Have you lost your mind?”   <“I was driving under influence when a police officer pulled me over.” – “Have you lost your marbles? Now you can be penalized with a fine, suspension of your driver’s license, and possibly jail time.”>

Have you completely lost touch with reality?   Listen   <“I had a bitter argument with my boss, and he fired me.” – “Have you completely lost touch with reality? Don’t you remember how long it took you to find this job?”>

Have you completely flipped out?   Listen   A “Have you gone crazy?”   <“I had a fight in a bar. I got arrested by the police.” – “Have you completely flipped out? Were you drunk?”>

What planet are you from?   Listen   <“I bought a stock which my stockbroker called ‘promising’. But it fell. I lost a good deal of money on it.” – “What planet are you from? This sort of investment is very risky these days.”>

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20.11   When you question somebody's alertness angrily

 

Hello?   Listen   <“Hello? You seem to be a million miles away.”>

What's with you?   Listen   <“What’s with you? I’m trying to talk with you. It appears like you don’t hear me.”>

What's wrong with you?   Listen   <“Drive carefully. Do you see the car in front of you? It is braking. Slow down! What’s wrong with you?”>

Where's your head?   Listen   <“Where is your head? You look absent-minded.”>

What are you thinking?   Listen   <“What are you thinking? Do you hear me? Your face has a faraway look.”>

What's your problem?   Listen   A “What causes your strange behavior?”   <“I reminded you twice to pay this bill today. Still, you forgot to do that. What’s your problem?”>

What kind of drugs are you on?   Listen   A “What is that substance that causes your strange behavior?”   <“Why aren’t you watching the road? What kind of drugs are you on? Do you want me to drive?”>

What have you been smoking?   Listen   <“You are absolutely not paying attention to what’s going on around you. What have you been smoking?”>

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20.12   When you want to stop a person from being angry

 

Don't have a fit.   Listen   A “Don’t have a fit of anger.”   <“Dad, I want to tell you something. Don’t have a fit, though. I wrecked your car.”>

Don't throw a fit.   Listen   A “Don’t have a violent burst of rage. Don’t throw a fit of anger at me.”   <“Did you make all this mess in my house?” – “Calm down. Don’t throw a fit. We’ll clean it up.”>

Don't have a conniption fit.   Listen   <“Betty, how many boyfriends did you have in your life?” – “What?” – “Don’t have a conniption fit. I’m just curious.”>

Don't have a cow.   Listen   A “Don’t have a fit.”   <“Did he really start this dirty rumor about me?” – “Don’t have a cow. Even if he did, there’s nothing you can do about it. Don’t make a fool of yourself.”>

Give it a break.   Listen   A “Make a pause in your angry speech. Treat me favorably.”   <“Stop yelling at me. Give it a break.”>

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20.13   When you are angry at the person who has interrupted you

 

I wasn't speaking to you.   Listen   <“Boss, if I may. You’re making a mistake!” – “I wasn’t speaking to you.”>

Was I talking to you?   Listen   <“Can I say something? This is simply wrong.” – “Was I talking to you?”>

Who asked you?   Listen   A “Nobody is asking your opinion.”   <“Why don’t you back out of this deal before it is too late?” – “Who asked you? Mind your own business.”>

When I want your opinion, I'll ask it.   Listen   A “I don’t want to hear your opinion.”   <“Your hair is a mess. Why don’t you do something about it?” – “When I want your opinion, I’ll ask it.”>

Keep your opinions to yourself.   Listen   <“In other words, you want to disregard this important information, don’t you? How irresponsible of you!” – “Keep your opinions to yourself. I haven’t made any decision yet.”>

I'll thank you to keep your opinions to yourself.   Listen   A “I am not interested in your opinion.”   <“Your room looks like it went thought a war.” – “I’ll thank you to keep your opinion to yourself.”>

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