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(Slate)   Need to win an argument with your spouse? Try these tried and true methods from an FBI hostage negotiator   ( divider line
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2020-09-28 9:50:44 AM  
OK. I am sure these will work well.
2020-09-28 10:59:33 AM  
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2020-09-28 11:11:49 AM  
The article doesn't cover it, but fogging has helped me deescalate a few tense situations in my retail days.

The officer doesn't seem to acknowledge it but what really helps with those hotel room upgrades is that the paid-for-sh*t service clerk with very little autonomy is happy to give the store away for free if you act cool about it. You just need to give them a solid reason so that it doesn't look like stealing. Works for any point of sale job.
2020-09-28 11:15:26 AM  
Just remember - the negotiator doesn't care at all what's in your best interest.
2020-09-28 11:36:12 AM  
Difficulty:  your wife is an FBI hostage negotiator.  And you didn't put the dishes away last night.
2020-09-28 11:36:49 AM  
Just remember guys, when you have an argument with your wife you have all of your relevant data here:

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And she has her data here:

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P.S. her data's also cloned to all of her sisters and friends in case she drops a file for some reason.
2020-09-28 12:00:22 PM  
Honestly, my wife and I never argue. I have told her from the time we were dating and started getting more serious, I could not care less what color a room is, what type of towels or sheets we use, what is for dinner or what time it is going to be ready. I don't care what fragrance of laundry detergent and / softener is used. I don't care what the neighbors are doing, hell, I don't really care what are families are up to. Oh, I listen to the family stories, but I really have no opinion on them. I don't let things out of my control effect me one iota. I also don't try to control much.
2020-09-28 1:49:06 PM  
Cute idea and all, but the FBI guy doesn't have to give one bit of a shiat about how the hostage taker feels about things once they've really had long-term time to think about what went down.  Let's see the FBI's take on how to negotiate issues internally, with people they're going to be working with for the next gods-know how many years under high stress conditions.  Those precepts might be of some value - when they're not ignoring them and farking it up anyway out of raging ego and fief protection - like every other bureaucrat since the desk was invented.
2020-09-28 3:39:04 PM  
Mrs ExcuseMe almost burned the house down this weekend while cooking a huge steak on the grill. (She decided that was good time to re-organized the broom closet).

After running out and hosing down the grill I almost corrected her technique.
2020-09-28 3:42:03 PM  
She'll just shoot the hostage.
2020-09-28 4:03:00 PM  
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