“So, what do you feel like doing tonight?”
It’s a question that entails the freedom of decision, the willingness to abide by it, while also placing the ‘burden’ of finding something to do on the other person.
For indecisive people, this is a challenge.
“I don’t know, perhaps see a movie? We can either go to the cinema or order in and watch one at home”.
He smiled. She wasn’t finished. So he held back his reply a little longer.
“What do you prefer?”
The question-bounce-back, that returns the responsibility of choosing an activity to the original question-setter. Like a boomerang returning to the one who threw it.
If the person who initiated the conversation continues the questioning of the type, “whatever you want” or, even worse, poses another option, their indecisive interlocutor becomes lost and even more agitated by the daunting task of having to pick an entertainment. And doing something fun suddenly becomes a chore.
“Let’s go out. I know you want to see the latest blockbuster and go for a stroll around town tonight”.
And just like that, peace is restored, tranquillity reigns and the smile returns to her face.
He was used to reading her mind even when she herself couldn’t.