Reason #1. Playing devil's advocate (or challenging everything that another person says):
Real conversation I had recently:
Guy: Hey, we got some rain lately!
Guy: I won't have to water my lawn for a while now.
Guy: Well, I don't water it anyways because the water in this town is so expensive. If it doesn't rain, I just let my lawn die.
INTP: Water? Expensive?
Guy: Heck yes it's expensive.
INTP: How expensive could it really be?
Guy: Well, let's just say that 2 summers ago I didn't water my lawn very often. Then last summer I decided to water it to keep it green and I compared my bills from the previous summer and my bills were about $5 more per month! Just to water my lawn occasionally!
INTP: So 5 bucks is expensive?
Guy: Well, yeah! How would you like to find out that your hours at work are going to be cut and that you'd be making less money from now on?
INTP: Well, my hours just did get cut last week, but all I'm saying is that it would seem to me that if keeping your lawn green is something that's important to someone, then $5 per month would be well worth it.
At this point, the guy clearly seemed frustrated. I felt kind of bad as we parted ways, but I'm not sure what other approach I could have taken.
I just flat out disagree with him and I wasn't mean about it, I just stated my case. 5 bucks isn't worth moaning about. And if it is, then just don't water your lawn. End of story. I almost wanted to say, "Keep watering your lawn. I'll send you 5 bucks every month in the mail." Is the cynicism and truthfulness downright rude? Arghhhh!!! :steam:
What are some other reasons people may not take well to us?