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The subject says it all: There is no one specific incident I can summarize, but in general I have had encounters with people who endlessly ask loaded/leading questions and statements that are simply uncomfortable to respond to. These are in casual, non-work/non-professional situations in which nothing is really at stake. Questions such as:

  • “Who wouldn’t like that?”
  • “Who could say no?”
  • “I never met someone who didn’t like that.”
  • “Why would anyone do that?”
  • “Why would anyone say that?”
  • “Here! Have some! I know you will like it!”

And such. These are non-sales/non-pitch situations in which there are no high stakes: I’m not buying or selling something so these kinds of questions/statements are even more frustrating and baffling.

At least in a sales/pitch situation one can be more assertive and even act in an alienating way since in most sales/pitch situations there is no deep relationship at stake. In casual social situations when stuff like this happens I find it to be more uncomfortable because this type of interaction seems even more unnecessary.

Is there a simple thing that can be said or done in response to an interaction like this that can move the conversation past this question/statement without too much friction?

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    Hmm... Although you've said 'there is no one specific incident I can summarize' --> Can you provide us with an example of a conversation/topic in which these reactions are made? Also, as @peufeu asked, who is saying it and is there any indication why?
    – Tinkeringbell
    Oct 30 '17 at 11:09
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    Also take a look at this... It might give you some insight into 'why' these statements are made, and that might help you figure out a suitable reply...
    – Tinkeringbell
    Oct 30 '17 at 11:20
  • @JakeGould "Is there a simple thing that can be said or done in response to an interaction like this that can move the conversation past this question/statement without too much friction?" isn't really answered there, and is (IMO) a very good question. But we will need at least 1 specific example for this to work ;)
    – Tinkeringbell
    Oct 30 '17 at 14:37