OK, I'll bite. Sides of this issue you might not be considering
Posted Aug 25, 2009 17:06 UTC (Tue) by BrucePerens
In reply to: OK, I'll bite. Sides of this issue you might not be considering
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No, it does not make the sufferer an asshole. Indeed, it can make them quite sensitive to the things that they do sense. But there are things that you and I might sense that they just won't get. I have spent some interesting hours calmly attempting to explain the viewpoint of another person to a certain leader. I could have been barking like a dog for all that got through to him. Another leader was not able to parse the physical cue of a hand thrust out for shaking. And one, on being introduced to my wife, sort of looked through her rather than make eye contact.
All of these folks write very eloquently and place email correspondence at a very high priority. I've seen one of them repeatedly insist that he had to get back to his email during face-to-face meetings.
There are real physical brain deficits coming into play in these situations.
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