In a certain sense, I am not – I can’t stand vague talk, especially if I suspect it as a burka for hypocrisy. Not that I am not burka-ed at times – but when awareness thereof overcomes me, I feel like an idiot. Idiot, by the way, is a Greek word for “someone who can’t productively participate in the life of society.”
This post is related to the previous one (on allergies and intolerance). It is also relevant to the study of anything, because according to pundits, only open-minded people can learn.
As usual, and in spite of Patti Robertson’s reservations (hi, Patti), I start with Wikipedia:
What else can you do if you are in the jungle? It will be suicidal to react to the cheetah before you consider alternative possibilities. Right or flight?
Ambiguity tolerance is an important issue in personality development and education. In psychology and in management, levels of tolerance of ambiguity are correlated with creativity, risk aversion, psychological resilience, lifestyle, orientation towards diversity (cross-cultural communication, intercultural competence), and leadership style.
This is vague and incomplete, and sounds fragmented to me. I should do what I always do when frustrated – go and learn more about it. Read on:
Wilkinson’s Modes of Leadership is largely based on ambiguity tolerance. Mode one leaders have the least tolerance to ambiguity with mode four leaders enjoying and preferring to work in ambiguous situations. In part this is due to what Wilkinson calls ’emotional resilience’.
Long live the weed! (Do you notice how Wilkinson exploits people’s desire to be leaders? You think he means any leaders, or just the recognizable type? Does he consider how the poor totalitarians might feel when they read this? Plus, not everyone can be the brain – what about the anus??)
The converse, ambiguity intolerance, which was introduced in The Authoritarian Personality in 1950, was defined in 1975 as a “tendency to perceive or interpret information marked by vague, incomplete, fragmented, multiple, probable, unstructured, uncertain, inconsistent, contrary, contradictory, or unclear meanings as actual or potential sources of psychological discomfort or threat.”
I must be a totalitarian – I always ask people to elaborate on their vague, incomplete, fragmented, multiple, probable, unstructured, uncertain, inconsistent, contrary, contradictory, or unclear utterings.