I think the proper response for Dilbert would have been a mild 'neg' or to just start bragging about himself and showing 'value'.
Those are measured responses that imply she is inferior and not really worth respect, while granting a power dynamic which puts her in position of having to measure up to him.
It will sate her vulnerable desire to be treated somewhat poorly and give her a present goal or objective to accomplish: gain approval.
How can she work with "You sound crazy."? It really leaves her nowhere 'productive' to take the conversation.
A veiled insult disguised as a compliment throws 'em off balance and uses their brain resources to analyze. Ppl enjoy victory that much more when their sentience is reduced. confuse a b!tch, tell her she dont deserve you, then tell her you'll make an exception, just this once, and she will be euphoric.
has nothing to do with gender, its about perceived helplessness and victory. almost the exact same thing as drug use. it 'temporarily' reduces your sentience and grants pleasure.