Every social situation is fraught with ambiguity, knee-deep in complication, hidden meanings, veiled power-struggles, passive-aggression and paranoid confusion. We seem perversely determined to make everything as difficult as possible.
That's Kate Fox, talking about English people in general in her book 'Watching The English'.
Sounds terrible, right?
I read that passage and thought how some teaching situations for staff, and probably more to the point, for students, are potentially pretty much like that.
Hey, we're all human, but it's exhausting for all involved.
I'm lucky, I've never experienced anything that bad, but, from time to time, I've seen people feel like that is their situation.
Being solution focussed, I'm bound to suggest an answer to the question - what's the antidote?
Be more direct, more upfront, live without agendas, don't play games, and simplify, simplify.