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I wonder if the reason why so many people fear confrontation is that they associate the word SOLELY with rage, aggression, and/or violence.
To these people, confrontation must mean nothing short of yelling, cursing, and Hulk-smashing everything and everyone in sight.
Maybe that’s why so many people engage in tone policing, or otherwise focus more on the person’s style of communication than they do on what is actually being said.
I know we don’t like adhering strictly to the dictionary’s definitions of words…but if we did so in THIS case, the spectrum of confrontation would be a lot broader than many people allow it to be.
Sometimes, confrontation can be as small and simple, yet somehow still firm, as saying “don’t call her that” to the angry White folks insulting the Black woman who mistakenly entered the “quiet car” with a phone in her hand.
I associate confrontation with courage.