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Exploring Authentic Yes and No in “Yes Man”

The film “Yes Man” invites exploration of our “default switches,” which serve as defensive strategies. Some of us tend to comply and accommodate by always saying yes. Others tend to rebel and shut down to new experiences by always saying no. Neither rebelling (by an automatic No) nor complying (by an automatic Yes) are real ways of establishing either independence in the first case or closeness in the second. Rebelling mimics autonomy and compliance mimics merging.

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  • November 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Marla ~ I so appreciate how personal you’ve made this exploration (and I so relate!) I love this line:
    “Rebelling mimics autonomy and compliance mimics merging.” Zing – right on!
    I’ve found that “Yes” people actually don’t use the word very often, substituting less-emphatic words that mirror their ambivalence: “Sure.” “OK” “Why not?” etc.
    Thanks for sharing your prolific brilliance once again!

    • November 2, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Good insight about the other words for Yes. Thanks for your support and your comments!


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