discourse is limited to the behavior itself

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NewAmerica

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Does "discourse" here refer to "a formal discussion of a subject"(WRF)?


Thanks in advance

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It is not known why powerful impressions of personality traits, such as “crazy” or “insane,” arise. Conceivably, when the origins of and stimuli that give rise to a behavior are remote or unknown, or when the behavior strikes us as immutable, trait labels regarding the behavior arise. When, on the other hand, the origins and stimuli are known and available, discourse is limited to the behavior itself.

—David L. Rosenhan

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  • Hildy1

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    "When, on the other hand, the origins and stimuli are known and available, discourse is limited to the behavior itself."

    When people understand the origin or reason for certain behaviour, they talk about the behaviour itself (instead of labelling it as "crazy" or "insane").
     
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