You can hear clearly what someone is saying to you, but what do they really mean? Might their words be more critical than observational? You might wonder if someone is taking great pleasure in pointing out your flaws and inconsistencies. Perhaps, theyre trying to be funny. Perhaps as well, they believe youre likely to take whats said in the lighthearted way its intended. Februarybe you need to make clearer that theyre crossing a certain line and you dont find whats being said in any way amusing.