I've recently experienced some slightly unusual emotions when dealing with friends and associates in matters involving money.
For example when I've been toying around with the idea of selling my car, when people I know have offered prices significantly below my own expectations, I experience feelings of annoyance and irritation. It is almost like an insult.
When total strangers offer lower prices they can simply be dismissed with no further emotional involvement.
Is it that when dealing with known parties one is unconsciously letting ones guard down hence the susceptibility to feel insulted?
If friends approach the subject of a lower bid gently and in a roundabout way then the propensity to feel insulted is far less, its the sudden let down that seems to bruise the ego.
The problem is worse when dealing with someone who is much richer - there is almost a feeling of attempted exploitation. Why does he need to worry so much about money? He has so much, why is he trying to deprive me of what is due? are the thoughts that tend to spring to mind, mixed with feelings of anger and annoyance.
Mind you, this is just for an open offer, with no obligation to take it. I'm free to refuse at anytime and have done so many times, but it still leaves some rather unpleasant emotions for a while.
Has anyone else experienced anything similar or am I just hypersensitive ?