For whatever reason, a lot of people seem to assume I’m closed minded. They think I’m inflexible, and that talking to me is pointless. Sometimes they think if I make a declarative statement in a conversation, I’m calling/considering the conversation over, and they stop. I really don’t know why. Even when my reply is more like “oh I had thought such and such, but” and before I can say “maybe you’re right,” they’ll just go “fine, okay, forget I said anything.” I normally can’t even get them to re-engage when I explain I was actually trying to say I might have been wrong. I don’t know what I do that makes me seem like that. What makes me seem unreasonable, inflexible, and immovable?
It’s contributed to a potentially life changing rift this year, and I want to change it. I don’t know how.