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I just dont like him

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Salty, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    How would you advise this lady?????

    From "Dear Amy" 20 Jul

    Dear Amy: My husband and I have spent several of the past few summers visiting (his) longtime family friends at their vacation home. They are always very kind and welcoming.

    While I enjoy the wife in this couple, I find the husband to be very off-putting.

    In the beginning, I put it down to my own distaste and made the best of the situation. I have spoken to my husband about these feelings and he is empathetic and respectful.

    I never communicate with the husband outside of our visits and have pulled back a little from communicating with his wife

    My husband visits them regularly while working in their state

    .Recently, the husband asked my husband in casual conversation why I didn’t like him. I think this is a very rude question to ask someone’s partner.

    I’m sure my husband said something about it not being true and quickly moved off-topic.

    As we are headed out for a visit, I’m nervous that he will ask me the same question.

    .I cannot tell him that I do not care for him, nor can I pretend that we are best friends. He has never done anything inappropriate – but I simply do not like him. I do not trust him and would never be around him if it weren’t for my husband’s long friendship.

    Please help me to stay polite. I tend to show exactly how I’m feeling on my face.

    — Not Savvy

    Dear Not Savvy: You don’t like this man. Even though you know that you have conveyed your dislike to him, you now blame him for asking your husband why you don’t like him.

    Why blame him? It seems to me that this is a natural question to ask a longtime friend. Surely if he had done or said something offensive to you, he might want the opportunity to apologize.

    You don’t have to like everyone in the world, and because you can’t seem to pin down the basis of your reaction to this man, you could chalk it up to chemistry.

    If you are going to continue to accept the generosity and hospitality offered by this couple, you should also figure out how to sit more comfortably with the dynamic brought up by your reaction to him.

    If he asks you directly, you can respond, “I can tell you honestly that you have never done anything to offend me, and I appreciate my husband’s friendship with you. I know it’s awkward, but this really is one of those, ‘It’s not you, it’s ME’ situations.”


    (You can email Amy Dickinson at askamy@amydickinson.com or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068.
     
  2. Mike McKinney

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    You're not going to like everybody, but you should make an effort to get along with everybody.

    It sounds like the problem is hers and that her husband's friend is trying to make the effort to reach out to her.

    The first thing she needs to do is to honestly think about why she doesn't like him. That he's "offputting" is a pretty vague answer. What's "offputting" about him? Does he clip his toenails and the dinner table? Is he a Democrat? What?

    The second thing, and she sounds too self centered to do this, is decide whether those things are something she can let go or something that has to be confronted. If they can be let go, then let them go.
     
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