Why does the "treat em mean keep em keen" mentality have to be the only way for people to respect you? The whole thing doesn't make any sense to me. I know human beings are strange characters anyhow, but the whole idea of being mean to someone in order to keep them interested in you, seems very odd.
On another note, some people take others for granted especially when they are there for them all the time. That's another thing that annoys the hell out of me. It's as if they know that you'll be there regardless, so they feel that they don't need to make much of an effort with you. Once again.. human beings are an ongoing mystery. That's where I will leave it for this topic today.