My boss constantly tells me he sees I'm thinking about something and asks me what it is.
It happens during meetings every time I don't look at him or talk. The truth is I normally try to think about the practicalities of what we discuss, consequences of what we discuss for our projects, just, you know, doing my normal job. I'm not thinking anything special and my thoughts are not expressible yet.
I tried saying something like "nothing special", but he doesn't give up and tells me he wants to know.
When I answer "the topics we discuss", he says "So what do you think about it?". Yes, I can answer this question with some kind of a general statement, but I feel pressured when he does that and it's not a nice feeling.
Also, this happens very frequently.
The problem is he asks that in situations in which I don't want to be more communicative. These are situations in which I feel I don't have enough information yet to make even an educated guess. And he tends to treat your first answer as your final answer, so I want to avoid giving a quick but wrong one. And situations where I need to process the data first.
Any ideas how to tackle that? This happens to me the first time in my life and I find it super strange.
[after 1.5 year]
Someone upvoted this question which reminded me about its existence. With the benefit of hindsight I can say, my boss was simply an insecure paranoid controlling jerk projecting his insecurities on others. The situation escalated afterwards with him accusing me of making fun at him every time I smiled. And I had so much stress that my psyche started to play tricks on me and the more I tried not to smile the more I did. At some point I started questioning my own sanity.
I remember he fired me - which I expected - justifying it with "you have excellent results and I couldn't be happier with them but I hate you". At that point I had some sort of a very strange mental breakdown. I was standing there smiling and laughing. I just got fired but unexpectedly, I was completely relaxed and happy. Someone who didn't know the context would think I had just got a massive salary raise. Contrary to what I had expected, I couldn't be happier in that moment. In the hindsight I see the constant questioning was a warning sign, trying to make me hyper vigilant all the time.