Nothing can induce stress more than a seemingly innocent question with a wide range of possible responses. Just trying to figure out what the person wants or what you’re supposed to say in response can paralyze some people with instant anxiety and dread. Here are 11 of the best vague but strangely suspicious questions that instantly send peoples’ stress levels through the roof.
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Did You Lock the Door?
Leaving your house with an unlocked door can stoke instant fear. One person says, “Did you lock the door when you left?” gives them instant anxiety.
We’ve all been there. Take an extra second to verify your front door is locked before leaving the house.
Can We Talk?
Chatting is often harmless, or is it? “Can I talk to you for a minute?” leads to anxiety for one person.
Before your heart sinks, stop and take inventory to analyze the situation before becoming afraid.
What Do You Do With Your Free Time?
Our free time is ours, and we cherish it. “So, what do you do with yourself outside of work?” communicates to one person that their boss may learn something they shouldn’t.
Mind your work-life balance, and come up with a pat answer that reveals little.
Are You Done Yet?
“How much have you done?” stokes fear in one post, like it does me as a procrastinator.
Communicate the project will be done when due, and hopefully that will satisfy the person asking.
A Meeting Request From Your Boss
“Can we talk in my office?” is fear-inducing to one person. While understandable, you never know what your boss may want.
It could be something positive after all.
An Innocent Question From Your Partner
“What are you thinking about?” raises fear for one person. We’ve all been there when in a conversation with a partner.
Don’t lie as that may just may create a worse situation.
What are you doing this weekend?
One person says to this innocent question, “I love this one. If I wanna invite someone to something I now just say, ‘hey I’m going to blah blah blah this weekend. Do you want to come?’ That gives them a chance to weigh the options in their mind. Not that I care if they refuse but asking it the other way is like a trap, lol.”
Mind games, anyone?
Who is Paying For Dinner?
According to one person, “And how would you like to pay for this?” causes instant fear. This is especially so if you live on a tight budget.
Avoid this fear by planning out your purchase so you know how you’re going to pay for it.
Where is Our Relationship Going?
“So where do you think our relationship is going?” is never a fun question when dating. Clarity and setting expectations are a helpful way to avoid that anxiety inducer.
How Would You Describe Yourself?
One person notes the question, “If you had to describe yourself how would you?” as never fun in a corporate setting.
If you face this question often, come up with a generic answer that will satisfy the requirement.
Why Aren’t You Married?
People love to get in your personal life. One person notes “why aren’t you married yet?” typically induces anxiety.
It’s often best to laugh off the question to brush off the person while also communicating it’s too personal of a question.
Boomers Are Pushing Millennials to the Brink
Generations often disagree. That’s especially the case between Boomers and Millennials. Here are 22 ways Boomers are pushing Millennials too far.
Millennials vs Baby Boomers
Generations often like to blame the ones before them. However, Millennials may not be as bad off as they think. Here are 12 reasons why Millennials have it easier today.
Things Millennials Will Be Blamed For in 50 Years
Millennials get a bad rap. Sometimes it’s justified. Here are 13 things we’ll blame them for in 50 years.
Trends Millennials Are Rejecting
Every generation is unique, and they often blame the one before them. Here are ten Boomer trends Millennials are rejecting in droves.
Things Boomers Must Let Go Of
Boomers like to live in the past, but some things take the cake. Here are 13 things Boomers need to let die, like the rotary phone.
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I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
As a veteran of the financial services industry, I’ve worked as a mutual fund administrator, banker, and stockbroker and was Series 7 and 63-licensed, but I left all that behind in 2012 to help people learn how to manage their money.
My goal is to help you gain the knowledge you need to become financially independent with personally-tested financial tools and money-saving solutions.