How can I assert my dislike of something more effectively?
December 28, 2013 1:31 PM Subscribe
How do you honestly and politely let someone know when you don't like something that they absolutely love without opening the door for them to try and convert you into liking it?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Human Relations (24 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My go to response is usually, "You know, that's hasn't really been a good fit for me." But when I use that with certain people (namely my parents and handful of others) those people get really offended. Other people will say something like "what, what's wrong with you, how could you not like it? You need to give it another try" which frustrates me because then I don't feel like my assertion is being heard or respected.
Sometimes I also say things like, "Oh, I've never had much success with that," and that is received in an iffy manner. Why? Why is me not liking something such a big deal?
What are some alternatives I could use that may not elicit the same responses that I described above?