(urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe

brunians at brunians.org brunians at brunians.org
Wed Mar 18 11:25:24 PDT 2009

I believe that the conversation has broken down because one of the
participants was having bad emotions which interfered with his or her
clear thought and caused him or her to act in various dysfunctional ways.

In the post appended below your interesting paragraph, I was merely
correcting your mistaken usage of a term of art. I appreciated it, when I
was thus corrected.

Once again, I do wish you the very best.


> Thanks for your help, although I think you're forgetting that conversation
> has its own set of expectations and responsibilities from all
> participating parties in order to make the coversation informative (or
> anything better than a waste of time). I've largely just been holding up a
> mirror - you are quite uncooperative conversationally, for reasons I
> shouldn't have to spell out, and then you get indignant about the
> communication breakdown which you yourself caused. Of course there's
> nothing YOU can do about all that, because you can't help it if your
> conversations go awry, right? It's just the hippies and the bad people.
>> Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 08:29:16 -0400
>> From: brunians at brunians.org
>> To: urth at lists.urth.net
>> Subject: Re: (urth) The Politics Of Gene Wolfe
>> >
>> > No, you can get by on passive-aggressive insinuations.
>> I am sorry, you are misusing the term 'passive aggressive'. It does not
>> mean what you think it means.
>> >From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive-aggressive_behavior:
>> ___
>> Passive-aggressive behavior is passive, sometimes obstructionist
>> resistance to following through with expectations in interpersonal or
>> occupational situations. It can manifest itself as learned helplessness,
>> procrastination, stubbornness, resentment, sullenness, or
>> deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one
>> is
>> (often explicitly) responsible.
>> ---
>> I am so very glad that I could be of service in helping to correct ypur
>> misuse of this term of art.
>> .
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