When a judge in a court makes a decision on legal issues in dispute she or he considers many things depending on the situation. It may be the relevant case law, statutes, written and oral evidence provided, witness statements, and other information. Decisions judges make are not always straightforward, and sometimes we may be shocked at their determinations on cases.
When we, who are not judges, make judgments about other people, we do so with far less data. That is, we often do so as…Continue
Added by Cinnie Noble on February 27, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Similar in some ways to the idiom ‘beating around the bush’ described in a previous ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog, the expression stonewalling refers to the tendency to avoid responding to a question or to be evasive. For me though, stonewalling seems to conjure up a stronger image of obstruction and uncooperativeness.
There are different…Continue
Added by Cinnie Noble on February 20, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
I have often heard this idiom – getting bent out of shape – when people talk about their reactions or the other person’s when in conflict. Several sources say this expression means to take offense, to become angry, agitated, or upset. For me though, the expression has more of a physical element. That is, it conjures up some interesting images – like an acrobat or pretzel.
In my work as a…Continue
Added by Cinnie Noble on February 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
When we are in conflict, some of us avoid coming to the point about something we think may upset the other person. The idiom beat around (or about) the bush describes the sort of prevarication when we delay or are evasive about raising difficult things. Or, it may be we act this way when we are having challenges answering a hard question.
The expression – beating around the bush - has an…Continue
Added by Cinnie Noble on February 6, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments