Dear Greek Oracle,
I have just moved in with my Greek man and am seeing a whole new side to him.
For the most part, he is warm and loving but I have been shocked by his ability to change from a calm and logical person into an inconsistent and unpredictable child.
The other night we were quietly watching TV together when suddenly the screen flashed white and then switched off.
Immediately, my Greek man leapt up and started yelling obscenities. He accused me of tampering with the machine and when I stated that no, I rarely watch TV anyway and hadn’t touched it at all, he continued to blame me, yelling out “WELL WHO ELSE WAS IT THEN?!”
I should note that he had spent the previous weekend trying to install an illegal version of SKY so I am quite sure that had something to do with it.
After about half an hour of cussing he finally got the damn thing to work, then slumped back onto the sofa and acted like nothing had happened.
I was so upset, I left the room and haven’t spoken to him since. He appears to have no idea why I am angry at him and even had the gall to ask me if it was “that time of the month”.
Is this normal?
(*Names have been changed to protect identities)
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Yes this is normal behaviour for a typical Greek man. Every Greek man possesses a slightly deformed gene known as THE HULK GENE or RED APE SYNDROME.
For some, the gene lies dormant, for others it does not.
The initial warning that the gene is about to go into overdrive will be an obvious gritting/grinding of the teeth, followed by fist clenching, spasms, and then a physical explosion – unfortunately for you, the TV breaking was a sudden shock, and therefore you probably didn’t have time to pre-empt the Hulk transformation.
The best thing to do in these situations is…nothing.
When in full blown Hulk mode, it is impossible to reason with your man so there is no point trying – you will only be on the receiving end of more hurtful comments that he will conveniently forget he has even said to you.
I suggest simply ignoring the entire episode. Get up and walk out. Pretend he is not there. Turn the radio on. Read a book. Do your hair.
The Hulk feeds on attention and if you don’t give it to him, he will soon disappear.
For more information, you may want to refer to this post:
May the Gods be with you.
The Greek Oracle
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