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Intention Repositioning

One repositions his intention if one ascribes to a behaviour in the past an intention different from what it originally was.

Example A:
Person 1: It's so your fault we are in this situation!
*some time later*
Person 1: Why aren't you talking to me?
Person 2: You were mad at me earlier..
Person 1: Oh.. but I was only joking.

Example B:
Student: Emm, it means ..*insert some wild guess that resembles the actual answer but still incorrect*.. ?
Teacher: Do you mean that ..*insert a proper explanation*.. ?
Student: Yes, yes! That's what I meant.

But you might've also sat in a class with an authentic case of example B without any invocation of intention repositioning by the student.
One normally repositions his/her intention to save oneself from guilt and/or shame/embarrassment. In most cases, an instance of intention repositioning can be rather ridiculous. But this doesn't mean that there can't be a good act of intention repositioning, although it may be rare and I can't think of an example at the moment.

3 blog comments below

I always call it today's "truth" is tomorrow's "lie". Must say intention repositioning is a much kinder description. Time does have the ability though to change the colour of the truth. That and maybe a greater distance from what was discussed earlier. The subject may not invoke as much intensity as it did a few minutes ago. Guess making a joke out of it is probably an attempt to neutralize the negative response to it.
deanhills on Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:06 pm
Aww, I like that phrase today's "truth" is tomorrow's "lie", somehow it sounds cute, yet also sad at the same time Sad
But I was actually referring to cases where someone is saying (now) that he/she had a different attitude (than the one he/she actually had) in the past. It's not exactly about the attitude he/she's having now, and the one he/she have had then, if that makes sense D:
I am guessing there's probably a proper term for these sort of things in psychology although I've never succeed in searching for it before. Confused
Sylin on Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:01 pm
I like your terms however. They are thought provoking for me.
deanhills on Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:13 pm

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