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  • Pragmatist in Social Situations

    KurtisM

    [Excerpt from Ask Michael - June 7, 2015]

     

    [DianeHB] Hi Michael, could you talk about how the Pragmatist appears/acts in social situations?

     

    [MEntity]
    The Pragmatist in the Positive Pole can show up as attentive, quiet, and observing of how others are maneuvering, behaving, functioning, and producing, offering insight, feedback, and direction only as necessary or as beneficial to the dynamic.

     

    The Pragmatist in the Negative Pole is your micro-manager, your "nit-picking" and badgering presence, either in obvious ways or in passive-aggressive ways that are not productive, but tend to actually undermine efficiency. By "efficiency" here we mean that an intended effect is lost in favor of the feeding dogma.

     

    Because Pragmatists can be using any other Attitude, this benefit or undermining can come in the guise of any other Attitude. Many Negative Pole Pragmatists are known to say something along the lines of "I'm just being truthful."

     

    This is not limited to Pragmatists, because all other Attitudes can also access the Pragmatist. An Idealist can express the same if he's using Dogma, for example. However, most other Attitudes do tend to stay on their own Axis and not involve Pragmatism.

     

    As usual, the above is highly simplistic and not indicative of the complexities of a human being, but it can be helpful in understanding the dynamic of a trait.

     

    [Excerpt from OMW - Sep 16, 2012 - The Circuitry of Overleaves]

     

    [Diane_HB] I often notice myself using Observation in social situations, not necessarily Pragmatism.

     

    [MEntity]
    Diane, keep in mind that Observation Mode is not literal observation. You may find yourself observing others, but this is Pragmatic for you. Keep in mind that Pragmatism is a philosophy, a filter on reality.

     

    In a social situation, that will either manifest as being Practical, in your actual expression of self, in your exchanges, and in your evaluation of the worth of those exchanges, or as Dogma, stuck in routines that you have learned as a way to filter people out.

     

    Dogma may show up as an inflexibility in what you find worth talking about, if you talk at all. Many with Pragmatism will be those who walk into a social situation, and then quietly, eventually, exit and wonder why the attempt was even made.  

    Edited by Janet


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