Social When the influence of a dialogue is as yet unable to produce great or lasting effects, it is best that it should act in a restraining or subduing manner in anticipation of ultimate success.
1. Avoidance of forceful action by the dialogue leaves it free to advance or retreat when obstructions are encountered. (Resulting in: Penetrating clarity).
2. The dialogue benefits by retreating with others of similar orientation when obstructions are too great. (Resulting in: Community).
3. Forceful action by the dialogue is bound to fail when circumstances combine to enhance the powers of seemingly minor hindrances. (Resulting in: Essential quality).
4. Disinterested restraining action by the dialogue to ensure that the right prevails will eventually succeed, despite the real dangers with which such action is threatened. (Resulting in: Creativity).
5. Relationships based on loyalty and trust reinforce the effectiveness of the dialogue and of the complementary roles of those involved. (Resulting in: Conservation).
6. When the dialogue has achieved limited success from a position of weakness, it is dangerous to pursue the advantage any further until circumstances are more favourable. (Resulting in: Waiting).
Transformation sequence Subtle restraints give rise to careful conduct. (Resulting in: Careful conduct).
Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).
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