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26 October 2003 @ 09:49 pm
Negotiation  
\Ne*go`ti*a"tion\, n. [L. negotiatio: cf. F. n['e]gociation.]

1. The act or process of negotiating; a treating with another respecting sale or purchase. etc.

2. Hence, mercantile business; trading. [Obs.]

3. The transaction of business between nations; the mutual intercourse of governments by diplomatic agents, in making treaties, composing difference, etc.

A loaded term. In an interpersonal context the term seems... cold and analytical at first blush. Impersonal. Dispassionate. Too serious.

But.

It doesn't have to be. Yes, it can be a bit blunt. It was, in fact. To the point. More of an exchange of base information than true negotiation. A conversation that involved quite a few terms that can carry emotional overtones with them, but once defined were understood as intended.

Such communication allows the rest of the process to flow more smoothly, as it removes the barriers that one might otherwise need to work around, to an extent. Prevents misunderstandings. Creates a reasonable foundation upon which one may build if so desired.

Not that I'm not enjoying the dance… *smile*

-the redhead-
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