Argumentativeness and Its Effect on Verbal Aggressiveness: A Meta-Analytic Review
Mark A. Hamilton and Paul J. Mineo
A Fanciful History of the Dawn of Reason
Two furry Neanderthals, Vag and Arg, were facing off, brandishing their clubs and snarling. Arg knew he could never beat Vag in a fight, but then he remembered that he had achieved some success in the past resolving disputes without resorting to violence. He attempted that technique in this momentous encounter, saying to Vag, “Wait! Can we talk about this?” Vag was somewhat surprised by Arg's suggestion, so he decided to listen, although he remained wary. Oddly enough, after some discussion, Vag decided that it wouldn't make sense to smash Arg over the head if he didn't have to, and he went away strangely relieved.
Some days later, Arg heard a ruckus and went to investigate. He found Vag and another Neanderthal, Meeg, shouting at each other. Vag was making some sense, but mostly he was hurling insults and threats at Meeg. Meeg finally gave in and left, shaking his head, grumbling under his breath. Afterward, Vag proudly boasted to Arg that he had beaten Meeg with words, just like Arg had taught him.
Arg was deeply troubled. Meeg plainly had not left satisfied with the encounter. Arg thought that this would surely lead to more conflict between Vag and