explosive personality


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explosive personality

[iksplō′siv]
Etymology: L, ex, out, plaudere, to clap
behavior characterized by episodes of uncontrolled rage and physical abusiveness in reaction to relatively minor stressors.

explosive personality

Psychology A popular term for a personality trait characteized by abrupt 'detonations' of negative emotive forces–anger, snarling, snapping and/or violence, in response to seemingly mild external stimuli. Cf Explosive syndrome.
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Beurling's explosive personality, however, often got him in trouble with his superiors--so much so, that even with 31 confirmed aerial victories and even at the height of the war in October 1944, the Canadians allowed Beurling to "retire" from military duty.
His lack of discipline and explosive personality also frequently make him an easy target for refs.
Dugarry makes no secret of the fact that he is bringing a potentially explosive personality to St Andrew's.
But those numbers were blurred by an explosive personality.
Mueller's writing in the column and elsewhere had an edgy unkemptness that radiated the mellow afterburn of a once explosive personality.
Gottfried Semper (1803-79) was regarded in his lifetime as the successor to Schinkel as Germany's greatest architect, although his explosive personality, boozing, duelling, and fornicating often led to difficulties.
Explosive personality style - characterized by attributes that include abusive epithets, bullying, and physical or verbal threats.
Psychiatric evidence said he had an "unstable, potentially explosive personality disorder" - was convicted of murder in 1997 and jailed for life.
OK, Glenn is hardly Mr Charisma but Bob Paisley wasn't the most charismatic manager in the land and I have seen many good managers who lacked the explosive personality of legends like Sir Alex Ferguson.
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I have an explosive personality and I hope that my food reflects that," he said.
Densham (``Moll Flanders'') sets for himself a difficult narrative task, trying to show the basis for Houdini's tortured, sometimes explosive personality and quirks (he used a former electric chair as his den chair).

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