The perfect response: studies of the rhetorical personality by Gary C. Woodward

By Gary C. Woodward

The precise reaction is a lucid account of the social origins of fluency from a student well-known as 'a top analyst of the dramaturgical dimensions of politics.' during this innovative research Gary C. Woodward creates and elucidates the belief of 'The Rhetorical character, utilizing a deft mix of communique conception, social heritage and rhetorical feedback. With strange capacities for expressiveness, persuasiveness, and sensitivity, Rhetorical Personalities thrive in settings that decision for conversation that might go beyond transformations and interact others. they generally have a heightened feel in their personal persuasive strength, a ability for 'reading' audiences, and the potential to operate successfully in strange settings. each one bankruptcy of the correct reaction probes the character of those uniquely social people from a unique viewpoint: throughout the sympathetic characters of a prolific Hollywood filmmaker; through studying the character of the social isolation in people with autism-spectrum problems; via cross-cultural comparisons; and through assessing seminal and up to date social technology learn on key benchmarks of rhetorical ability, corresponding to 'high self monitoring,' 'other-direction,' and 'the ability for engagement with others.' targeting public figures that variety from comic Steve Martin to political leaders as various as invoice Clinton and Tony Blair, Woodward builds an in depth 'conceptual map' for profiling the types of people who obviously maximize the chances of communique in public settings.

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As we all resolve to keep the finest military in the world, let us remember some of the lessons that all agree on. 54 As Burke notes, unification is “compensatory” to division. If motivated, we can use our rhetorical skills to find shared interests. “Transcendence upwards” leads to “mergers,”55 as when the lines of separation at the base of a pyramid finally come together at the top. Of course, the rhetoric of transcendence can itself be renamed downward as the skill of “glossing over differences”—a phrase that suggests 18 Chapter 1 an opportunistic device to conceal what should perhaps be separated.

Prior to its entrance on cue, the massive disk must be set in a state of “standby” vibration, usually with a series of light and intentionally inaudible taps. Only then is it capable of exploding in the instant shower of sound that is its own music. Empathy coaxed from others can be similarly engineered. The fluent rhetorician can find different kinds of resonances in audiences—in a sense, 34 Chapter 2 they are ready to be played. If we were to strive for a simple expression to capture what the rhetor seeks in the receiver, we might render it in the form of an equation: Empathy = Memory2 + Identification − Egocentricity The subtraction of focus on the self at the end of this chain is the easy part to explain (although a challenge to those who find themselves irresistibly fascinating).

John Durham Peters, Speaking Into the Air (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1999), 29. 8. Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence (New York: Bantam, 2006), 84–88. 9. Evan Thompson, “Empathy and Consciousness,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 8, No. 5-7 (2001): 4–6. 10. Quoted in Thompson, “Empathy and Consciousness,” 6. 11. We revisit this point, sometimes called “theory of mind,” in Chapter 5. 12. The book is Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol (New York: Norton, 1997). See “Nell Irvin Painter” in Brian Lamb, Booknotes: America’s Finest Authors on Reading, Writing, and the Power of Ideas (New York: Times Books, 1997), 140.

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