Productive and Defensive Interaction and Ability

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Productive and Defensive
Interaction and Ability

Some are more able to comply with norms than adapt to circumstances, others more able to adapt to circumstances than comply with norms. Some are more able to interact proactively with others, others more able to interact responsively with others. Proactive compliance differs extremely from responsive adaptation, just as responsive compliance differs extremely from proactive adaptation. Finally, proactive preempting differs from proactive contending, and responsive collaborating differs from responsive accommodating, just as diplomatic ability differs from logistical ability and tactical ability differs from strategic ability.

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