How People Respond to Questions

I’ve been reading a book titled The Joy of Work by Scott Adams. Throughout the book I’ve found multiple instances where I resonated with the ideas presented. Here’s one of them about how people respond to questions.

People rarely talk in a question-and-answer format. When someone asks a question, the other person normally responds in one the these ways:

  1. Answer the wrong question intentionally, just to be annoying.
  2. Ignore the question and talk about something related to themselves.
  3. Make a joke.
  4. Wonder aloud how this possibly matter to them.
  5. Prove by their response that they are too dumb to understand the question.
  6. Get offended by the question.