Great cracked article: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-youre-accidentally-making-everyone-hate-you/
Nothing funny about it, but it's an easy read since it's Cracked.
It's all about the stuff that goes on in people's heads that makes them upset and why people wind up in conflicts unwittingly.
It's very interesting. On pretty much every topic you can see yourself on both sides of the problem, and how each side of the problem feels like a very different issue rather than just the flipside.
Some topics covered:
- Why religious people are surprised by atheist ideas
- How people perceive unwanted attention
- How people feel they are owed something by another person
- How some people really don't like being ignored
- Misinterpreting stuff as a power play
Next time I get in the shit with someone I'd like to revisit this and see if I can apply any of the ideas in the article to explain the predicament. I am very bad at dealing with people, I know that, but I usually chalk it down to stuff like "oh my brother is just always offended", which he is - but maybe there is something more to it. Not that I think I can change my personality to make other people feel good about themselves, I dunno... And could he ever really understand my POV?