Xero's other waste of space

June 27, 2007

tolerate that

Filed under: General — Xero @ 10:18 am

I remember that one of my first posts on here was about the propaganda sessions that I had been put through while still in school. Of course at that time, I was still somewhat fresh out of school. I suppose I had thought at the time I’d never have to go through such an ordeal again, I didn’t think such a thing would also be applicable in the workplace.

You know, something I’ve realized as of late is that some people have stronger or weaker personalities. Someone with a strong personality can easily lead a conversation into the direction they please. This is useful for say, dealing with an angry person on the phone, if you can lead them into the direction you choose then you can take control of the situation. If you have a weaker personality, they will drag you around in order to try and get what they want.

However, I’ve also realized that just because someone has a strong personality and is able to lead someone around in a conversation like this does not mean that they were actually right in the end. The truth always has a way of coming back to bite you in the ass and it’s no different in this case. If someone was wrongfully mislead with something of importance, they will likely realize it and when they realize they were mislead they’re likely going to be angrier than they were in the first place.

It wasn’t until more recently that I’ve been around some people who were able to stand up to me in this regard, I recall a few conversations I had where after the conversation, I realized I was the one who was mislead. It hit me like a ton of bricks afterwards, what had been said was either incorrect or otherwise outrageous, it wasn’t accurate in either case.

The strength of one’s personality can easily be increased by artificial means as well, especially if the person can basically threaten, blackmail or bribe you. While they may be the weaker personality in this case, they are using an external means of power to increase their prowess. Of course, you can always just attack someones character as well, but that’s an easy way out and I think only someone with a weaker personality would typically allow this to occur without noticing during the conversation.

I think what made me think of all this was after being put through some propaganda sessions more recently, I’ve started to catch onto certain styles of speaking, whether it be motivational speaking or speaking which is supposed to make you understand whatever the propaganda topic is at hand. My conclusion to this was basically, just because you can give a good speech does not mean the contents of said speech are good as well. Also I think it’s generally easier to give a good speech if you’re a good reader and know which words to accentuate and so forth. Your speech will sound a lot more powerful if you say some words in a slightly different tone to sort of capture a feeling along with it.

However, regardless of how good any speech may be, or how easily the person at hand may be able to lead you during the speech, when all things are said and done, it is up to you to decide what is right, not the person speaking.

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