“Hypothetical” situation between a girlfriend and boyfriend, who also have a professional relationship but do not work at the same company.
J calls S at work.
J: I thought your last email was plain rude, S.
S: I didn’t think it was rude. It was professional.
J: Well, you’ve done this before, and not just in our business relationship. You have been personally rude to me before.
S: Listen J, if you want to talk about our professional relationship, keep it to that. You heard my opinion–I don’t think I was being rude. But I think we should keep our personal relationship out of this discussion.
J: But our personal relationship is very related. This is a pattern of yours, whether it be personal or professional relations.
S: I said, keep our personal relationship out of discussions of our professional relationship.
J: Do you have something to say to me?
S: I do, but I prefer to keep our personal relationship out of this discussion.
J: Just say it.
S: Do you really want to discuss our personal relationship right now?
S: Are you sure you want to discuss our personal relationship NOW?
J: Yes, I do.
S: Fine. We are breaking up. When can we exchange all the stuff we have at each others’ apartments?
Later, the issue of breaking up over the phone, at work even, comes up. Who has a right to be angry for this situation?