mercredi 31 août 2011


Found in a random text document on my computer:

If you are engaged in a conversation and you perceive it turning into an argument, what is it that you perceive?...The basic difference is a sense of being embattled. You realize that you have an opinion that matters to you and that the other person doesn't accept it. At least one participant wants the other to give up his opinion, and this creates a situation where there is something to be won or lost. You sense that you are in an argument when you find your own position under attack or when you feel a need to attack the other person's position. It becomes a full-fledged argument when both of you devote most of your conversational energy to trying to discredit the other person's position while maintaining your own. You experience the other participant as an adversary, you attack his position, you try to defend your own, and you do what you can to make him give in. The structure of the conversation takes on aspects of the structure of a war, and you act accordingly.

-- George Lakoff and Mark Johnson in Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press. 1980. p.78.

The text document was created in April 2006. Hmm, wonder what was going on in my life then??!

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