There is no doubt we all do this reading between the lines…sometimes consciously,sometimes unwittingly.We attempt to fill in gaps in our knowledge.There are a few problems.One is in cultural differences which may affect us here on the web.We come from very different societies and the meanings of certain words and attitudes does vary considerably;
And another factor is our own desires which we are not always aware of.We may then interpret someone’s words in a way which fits with our desire or interpret someone using bad language to signify that they do not respect us.If the Soaps are an indication it seems in much of Britain every other word has just four letters. which to me shows poverty of feelings and language… but it means many people are not offended by them…But many still are.
So wishful thinking,ignorance,wanting to believe something,,,,,..cultural ignorance.. all these may make communication difficult.Perhaps we should not read too much between the lines at the beginning of a friendship…and be wary of imputing desires to another when they seem to offer what we are hoping for.
It’s a bit like the way here nearly everyone puts “love” or “xxxxx” at the end of a letter or email… so that in reality it means almost nothing at all;Words become meaningless through overuse and we will have to judge in other ways what a person feels for us..
Some people are more prone to seeing patterns or meanings in things which can be creative but it can also lead to paranoia in the insecure or lonely individual who has become the center of a huge important plot.When I was ill as a child I remember seeing faces leering at me from the wallpaper and the oil heater hissed menacingly,,, it was the fever but I was afraid…We need friends to tell us if our interpretations seem sensible and to comfort us when we are low.. and we need to be wary of assuming too much especially when we come from different cultures
- Cross Cultural Communication (halsom200.wordpress.com)
- A Play Called Paranoia, Delusion and Others – Epilogue (ftdilkington.wordpress.com)
- On Paranoia (strwbrrywaffles.wordpress.com)
- Do I have a problem? (xtwist.wordpress.com)
- metaphysical paranoia (iellesunico.wordpress.com)
- How We’ll Swear in the Future (io9.com)
- A Bloody Post. (eleventhstack.wordpress.com)
- English’s salty past: Author digs into linguistic history and finds a lot of rude words (news.nationalpost.com)
- Swearing as a Measure of Fluency (nihaonotes.wordpress.com)