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Unformatted text preview: likes: and the tag question “what else?” seemed to have a metamessage, You’re a jerk for asking. You should have known.”-Ken, in response, didn’t understand Mike’s reaction and his reason for being upset, when he didn’t been any harm. Overall, Mike saw more evidence that ken was demanding and selfish and putting him down, and Ken saw more and more evidence that Mike was temperamental and hypersensitive Not Knowing • The feeling of not knowing what one has said to set things off is common-and-maddening. • The writer George Simenon wrote in his diary, “I don’t know what I said that sparker a crisis. Words are like drops of acid on a burn.” often, focusing on the words spoken precludes figuring out what sparked a crisis, because the culprits are not words but tone of voice, intonation and unstated implications and assumptions....
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- Spring '07
- Interpersonal relationship, Ken, writer George Simenon