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* 7 Negative Attitude in a Conversation (p.3 of 4)

 

7.10   When you don’t like that a person is arguing with you

 

You’re just being difficult.   Listen   AYou are hard to convince, manage, please, deal with…”   <“Mother, I don’t want to go to school anymore.” – “Johnny, you’re just being difficult.”>

You’re being contrary.   Listen   AYou are resistant to persuasion, logic, guidance…”   <“I don’t need your advice. I don’t need your help. I don’t need anything from you.” – “Mary, you’re being contrary.”>

You’re arguing for the sake of arguing.   Listen   AYou are arguing just to be difficult or contrary.”   <“I don’t think there is an issue here. You’re arguing for the sake of arguing.”>

You’re disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing.   Listen   <“I guess you don’t really have anything to say. You are disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing.”>

You’re disagreeing to disagree.   Listen   <“Here you go again. You are disagreeing to disagree.>

You just like to hear yourself talk.   Listen   AYou like talking without paying attention if others like to listen to you.”   <“You don’t even understand what the problem is. You just like to hear yourself talk.”>

Don’t contradict me.   Listen   <“Enough of this foolishness! Don’t contradict me.”>

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7.11   When you are angry at what a person is saying

 

Don’t you know anything?   Listen   <“Do you think I can ask her about her age?” – “Women don’t like personal questions. Don’t you know anything?”>

How could you be so stupid?   Listen   <“I decided to do nothing about the cut on my hand. It will heal naturally.” – “How could you be so stupid? You will end up with an infection.”>

Get your head out of the sand.   Listen   <“Our planet is abundant in resources.” – “Get your head out of the sand. We have almost depleted the planet’s resources.”>

You’re clueless.   Listen   AYou are totally unaware or uninformed.”   <“I think the situation is not as serious as it appears.” – “You are clueless. You don’t feel the gravity of the situation.”>

You’re without a clue.   Listen   <“The world economy is recovering.” – “You are without a clue. Most economists predict further trouble.”>

You don’t know up from down.   Listen   AYou are confused.”   <“Are you aware that according to some scientific data the Earth is round?” – “You don’t know up from down. The Earth is flat.”>

You don’t know which end is up.   Listen   <“Why don’t you shut up? You didn’t need to drink so much. I’ll talk with you when you sober up. Right now, you don’t know which end is up.”>

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7.12   When you believe that the speaker is trying to fool you

 

Whom do you think you’re kidding?   Listen   ADo you think you are trying to fool an inexperienced person?”   <“This is an authentic Picasso.” – “Whom do you think you’re kidding? In the best case this is a copy of a copy.”>

Whom do you think you’re talking to?   Listen   ADo you think you are talking to an inexperienced person?”   <“Look, I’m giving you a dollar. And in a year you will return me two dollars. It’s a good deal for you!” – “Do you want to charge me a hundred percent interest? Whom do you think you are talking to?”>

How stupid do you think I am?   Listen   <“You call it real gold? How stupid do you think I am?”>

Do you think I was born yesterday?   Listen   <“At our restaurant we carry only vintage wines.” – “Do you think I was born yesterday? What you gave me was a cheap imitation.”>

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7.13   When you demonstrate ignorance or unawareness

 

I don’t know.   Listen   <“Where are the car keys?” – “I don’t know. Where did you put them?”>

I don’t know and I don’t care.   Listen   <“Do you know that tropical frogs are dying?” – “I don’t know and I don’t care.”>

I don’t have a clue.   Listen   <“Do you know where I left my glasses?” – “Don’t ask me. I don’t have a clue.”>

I’m clueless.   Listen   <“How do we get there?” – “I am clueless. I thought you would know.”>

I have no idea.   Listen   <“Where is my suitcase?” – “I have no idea. Where did you leave it?”>

I don’t have the faintest idea.   Listen   <“So, son. You lost your job and you don’t have any money. What are you going to do now?” – “I don’t have the faintest idea, dad.”>

I don’t have the foggiest notion.   Listen   <“How do we get out of here?” – “I don’t have the foggiest notion.”>

How would I know?   Listen   AWhy would you expect me to know?”   <“Where is my wallet?” – “How would I know? You usually hide it from me.”>

How should I know?   Listen   AWhy should I be expected to know?”   <“Why are some wasps called ‘yellow jackets’?” – “How should I know? Look it up in some zoology book.”>

How the heck should I know?   Listen   <“Who’s going to win the elections?” – “How the heck should I know? And why do you care?”>

Who knows?   Listen   AI don’t know who knows, but I definitely don’t.”   <“When are we going to land?” – “Who knows? Ask the flight attendant, she might know.”>

God only knows.   Listen   AOnly God knows and nobody else.”   <“What’s going to happen now?” – “God only knows.”>

Heaven knows.   Listen   <“How long is this unexpected delay going to take us?” – “Heaven knows.”>

Your guess is as good as mine.   Listen   AYour hypothesis is no worse than mine. I don’t really know.”   <“We have made two circles around the block. Where is the house?” – “Your guess is as good as mine. Let’s ask somebody.”>

It beats me.   Listen   A “Your question baffles me. I don’t know the answer to your question.”   <“What is the tallest mountain in North America?” – “It beats me.”>

You got me there.   Listen   A “Your question caught me unprepared. I don’t know the answer to your question.”   <“Can you recommend me a gift for my sister?” – “You got me there. I don’t have any idea.”>

You’ve got me stumped.   Listen   <“What is the longest river on the planet?” – “You’ve got me stumped. I just don’t know.”>

I can’t say for sure.   Listen   A “I don’t really know, so I can’t say with certainty.”   <“Is this a bus to Los Angeles?” – “I can’t say for sure. You better ask the driver.”>

There’s no way to tell.   Listen   A “I don’t know the relevant circumstances, therefore I can’t really tell you.”   <“When is our airplane arriving to the destination?” – “There’s no way to tell. Due to the thunderstorm, we are flying way off course.”>

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7.14   When you demonstrate indifference

 

I don’t care.   Listen   A “It doesn’t matter to me.”   <“Do you want to go there by train or by bus?” – “I don’t care. Either way we’ll be there in one day.”>

I couldn’t care less.   Listen   A “I care very little.”   <“You’re late for work again! The boss will be furious.” – “I couldn’t care less. I am quitting this job anyway.”>

It really doesn’t matter to me.   Listen   A “I don’t really care.”   <“Do we need to paint the house gray or yellow?” – “It really doesn’t matter to me.”>

It’s not important for me.   Listen   <“Do you want to go with me or stay here?” – “It’s not important to me. Either way.”>

It makes no difference to me.   Listen   A “I don’t care whichever way.”   <“Do you mind if we take a bus today? I don’t want to drive a car.” – “It makes no difference to me. Do you have a headache again?”>

Who cares?   Listen   A “Is there anybody who cares?   <“You have a dirty spot on your white shirt.” – “Who cares? Nobody will pay attention.”>

I don’t give a damn.   Listen   A “I don’t care at all.”   <“Our company is doing poorer and poorer.” – “I don’t give a damn. I can’t be the only person concerned.”>

It’s up to you.   Listen   A “You choose.”   <“Will you go with me or wait for me here?” – “It’s up to you.”>

Whatever you prefer.   Listen   <“Would you like a cup of tea or coffee?” – “Whatever you prefer. I like them both.”>

Whatever.   Listen   A “Any one. I don’t care.”   <“Which shirt do you want to put on, yellow or brown?” – “Whatever.”>

Either way.   Listen   <“Do you want to fly there or drive?” – “Either way. I don’t have any preference.”>

Whichever way.   Listen   <“How do you want to deal with this situation? There may be several ways.” – “Whichever way. I’m chiefly concerned about the result, not the method.”>

What’s in it for me?   Listen   A “What is my benefit in this deal? Why do I need to care if I don’t benefit from it?   <“Don’t you like this plan?” – “I don’t really care. What’s in it for me?”>

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