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French translation: être sur la défensive

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16:19 Nov 17, 2006
English to French translations [PRO]
Bus/Financial - Psychology / training
English term or phrase: feeling defensive
How you receive feedback has a lot to do with the mental state you are in.

Receiving Feedback:

When Not Feeling Defensive
Paraphrase what you've heard to check for understanding
React only in terms of how you receive the feedback vs. "explaining“
Probe for clarity
For example, if someone says you're not serious enough, you might respond:
"That surprises me, but I'd rather know people see me that way than be kept in the dark.
Is there anything more I should know?" (Vs. "Oh, people just aren't aware of my serious side.")


When Feeling Defensive
Find some part you can agree with and then probe for more information.
Here are three options:
Agree to Part..."I agree that I'm not as serious as some people.
In what way has that been a problem?"
Agree to a Possibility"It's possible that I don't seem serious enough. Tell me more."
Agree to a Principle"I agree that it's important to balance optimism with reality.


sur la défensive ? capable de vous défendre ? merci !
Krystrad
Local time: 04:32
French translation:être sur la défensive
Explanation:
Lorsque vous êtes sur la défensive/lorsque vous n'êtes pas sur la défensive.

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Note added at 10 mins (2006-11-17 16:30:06 GMT)
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cf. Robert&Collins: "he's so defensive": il est toujours sur la défensive.
on dit aussi "to be on the defensive".
et le Collins Cobuild indique que: "someone who is defensive is behaving in a way that shows they feel unsure or threatened".
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Eliane Bannwarth
France
Local time: 04:32
Grading comment
merci
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



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4 +6être sur la défensive
Eliane Bannwarth


  

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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +6
être sur la défensive


Explanation:
Lorsque vous êtes sur la défensive/lorsque vous n'êtes pas sur la défensive.

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Note added at 10 mins (2006-11-17 16:30:06 GMT)
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cf. Robert&Collins: "he's so defensive": il est toujours sur la défensive.
on dit aussi "to be on the defensive".
et le Collins Cobuild indique que: "someone who is defensive is behaving in a way that shows they feel unsure or threatened".

Eliane Bannwarth
France
Local time: 04:32
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
merci

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agree  Francis MARC
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