The statement, “I couldn’t care less” sends a powerful message. It is a hurtful remark.
If a friend says it, it is a possible friendship breaker.
If a spouse says it, it is a possible deal breaker that causes the marriage to end.
If a parent, child, sibling or other relative says it, it is a possible tie breaker that estranges the relationship.
Loss of friendship, marriage breakup and estranging family members is more likely to happen when no apology is made.
The following is an examination of why this remark is made so that it can be better understood as being passive or passive aggressive.
Strangers usually won’t tell you, “I couldn’t care less” but there are always exceptions.
When someone says, “I couldn’t care less” it might be made because the person saying it actually doesn’t care. They don’t value you as a person. They don’t value your opinion and they don’t care about getting into a debate over something with you.
A person may say this when losing an argument. Saying, “I couldn’t care less” is a way to cut you off especially when it’s repeated every time you say something after you’ve touched a nerve within the person saying it.
Sometimes the statement, “I couldn’t care less” is made when a person can’t accept when you are right about something. If you casually say, “I told you so” or “Didn’t I tell you” this can set the person off to say, “I couldn’t care less” when in fact they do. They don’t like to be wrong or can’t admit that they are ever wrong.
A person may say this when they are in pain. They are physically hurting. They may say this when they forgot to take their medication to keep from having pain. Medication may contribute to them saying this. Medication combinations prescribed by a doctor, which changes mood or causes mood swings.
It could be that certain pain medications & high blood pressure medications might be able to change moods & cause mood swings or other combination medications. The hurtful remark may just be a by-product or a side effect of the interaction between medications. The dosage of the medications could be too high or too little.
The person saying, “I couldn’t care less” could very well have got the statement from somebody else because they observed its effectiveness.
Last of all they may be saying it for no other reason then they’re mad at you.