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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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Based on these arguments and perceptions, the negativists declare that the GCC countries cannot (1) hold their own in the strategic context; (2) ensure unhindered U.
Moreover, the positivists feel strongly that the GCC countries have consistently brought a far greater number of assets to the strategic equation than the negativists are willing to acknowledge.
In this light, the positivists fault the negativists for disregarding the fact that a significant number of the strategic constants and more than a few of the variables vis-a-vis the GCC region are not in America's or any other outside country's hands.
economic advantages, the negativists cannot forgive or forget the 1967 and 1973 Arab oil embargoes and the frequent and sharp OPEC price hikes of the 1970s.
Unlike the negativists, the positivists recognize that the benefits the United States derives from an economic relationship with the GCC countries extend beyond oil.
Certainly, in debating the extent to which the United States should become involved in reversing Iraq's aggression against Kuwait in 1990, the negativists were quick to complain that the United States had no business mounting an operation so massive and of such uncertain duration in the absence of guarantees that Americans would not bear the costs alone.
To be sure, many negativists have dismissed the resulting Damascus Declaration as inconsequential, mainly because its envisioned cooperation in matters pertaining to defense has yet to come to fruition.
While the positivists acknowledge that most of the limitations and shortcomings noted by the negativists are valid, they argue that equally valid, but much less widely known and understood, is the premier position of the United States as the trading partner of choice for most of the GCC countries.