Is It OK to Be Mean in Conversation?
The next time you are in a conversation, notice how people might react when you say something. In most cases, few people would want to talk about what is upsetting you or if they would like for you to stop talking about it. You might ask yourself why they would want you to stop talking and quiet down. Does being mean help you get your point across or make people respect you?
In a recent episode of Jeopardy, the answer was asked in the following question: Is it true that some people believe that barking commands at you to be mean is acceptable in any situation? It was answered with a shout of “No” from the studio audience, and Alex Trebek agreed with them. He explained that barking is not suppose to be used as a method of communication because it might have unintended consequences. It can make people feel intimidated, hurt, or angry. It also sends a negative message if you are barking at a colleague or subordinate because it is not your place to mistreat them.