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negativism

 [neg´ah-tĭ-vizm″]
opposition to suggestion or advice; an attitude or behavior opposite to that appropriate to a specific situation. A tendency to do the opposite of what most people would do under similar circumstances, of what one is told to do, or of what physiologic needs would suggest; e.g., it is not uncommon in catatonic schizophrenia for the patient to feel compelled to lower his arms if asked to raise them or to clench his fists if asked to open his hands.

neg·a·tiv·ism

(neg'ă-tiv-izm),
A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to resist stubbornly for no apparent reason; seen in catatonic states and in toddlers.

negativism

/neg·a·tiv·ism/ (neg´ah-tĭ-vizm″) opposition to suggestion or advice; behavior opposite to that appropriate to a specific situation or against the wishes of others, including direct resistance to efforts to be moved.

negativism

(nĕg′ə-tĭ-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The practice or habit of being skeptical, critical, or pessimistic, especially toward the views or suggestions of others.
2. Behavior characterized by persistent refusal, without apparent or logical reasons, to act on or carry out suggestions, orders, or instructions of others.

neg′a·tiv·ist n.
neg′a·tiv·is′tic adj.

negativism

[neg′ətiviz′əm]
Etymology: L, negare, to deny
a behavioral attitude characterized by opposition, resistance, the refusal to cooperate with even the most reasonable request, and the tendency to act in a contrary manner. The resulting response may be passive, such as the immobile, rigid postures observed in catatonic schizophrenia, or active, such as in a belligerent, impulsive, or capricious act like lowering the arms when asked to raise them or sitting down when asked to stand.

negativism

Psychiatry
Covert or overt opposition or resistance to external influence, suggestions or advice/
 
Vox populi
Any expression of rebellion or disagreement with a perceived status quo.

neg·a·tiv·ism

(neg'ă-tiv-izm)
1. A tendency to do the opposite of what one is requested to do, or to stubbornly resist for no apparent reason; seen in catatonic states and in toddlers.
2. Pessimism.

Negativism

Behavior characterized by resistance, opposition, and refusal to cooperate with requests, even the most reasonable ones.
Mentioned in: Catatonia
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Negativists and positivists alike agree that the United States, for at least half a century, has had several strategic interests related to the Gulf.
Looking back to the 1950s before any of the other GCC members were independent, the negativists argue that the largest, most populous and most powerful GCC country, Saudi Arabia, refused to join forces with Western efforts to create and sustain regional defense systems, such as the Baghdad Pact and its successor, the Central Treaty Organization, despite the fact that Riyadh was avowedly anti-Communist and opposed to Soviet encroachment in the region.
Further, the negativists argue that even after being directly threatened by Iran in the 1980s and then Iraq in the early 1990s, the GCC governments have not been able to develop the defense cooperation arrangements among themselves into an effective military deterrent to their neighbors.
access to the region's oil, which, the negativists believe, is likely to remain a heavy drain on scarce U.
Thus, the negativists ask, "What assurance can there be that, if the United States continues to rely heavily upon imports of Gulf oil, GCC governments, perhaps under less friendly regimes, might not do the same thing again?
The negativists also argue that the GCC states have not contributed as much as they could to political stability and development within their region.
strategic interests, the negativists complain that the GCC countries persist in enforcing their primary economic boycott of Israel.
economic interests, the negativists highlight several areas of concern in addition to the Arab oil embargo.
Many negativists maintain that continued deficit financing by the GCC states could bring them into competition with the U.
Lastly, the negativists are quick to believe that the GCC's efforts at promoting economic integration and rationalization among its members have not gone very far.
The author attempts to counter negativists, saying the current climate of pessimism makes gloomy books more popular.