I don't get it. Why do so many people, when they hear a question, interpret it as being told what to do? Like Alice asks, "Why did you close the door in that Charlie's face, Bob?" then Bob thinks he hears "Bob, you shouldn't have closed the door in that guy's face." But what Alice really wanted was to know the reason Bob closed the door on Charlie, so Bob should have said, "I closed the door on Charlie's face because he offended me and I no longer wanted to continue listening to him."
Or Dave asks, "Emily, have you returned Fred's hedge clippers yet?" and Emily thinks she hears "Emily, return Fred's hedge clippers right now." So she gets defensive instead of just saying, "No, I haven't yet."
5 years ago
15 Aug 2013 23:36 CEST