Saturday, 17 May 2008

How to tame a wild tongue

The origins of the wild tongue are unknown although there have been accounts of its existence as far back as Roman times.

The possessor of a wild tongue is in perilous danger as there is no knowing just when it might strike. It can most commonly be observed in action in new and strange situations where the full force of its destructive capability is able to catch its prey unawares. This may well be evidence that it functions most effectively when suject to anxiety and is possibly fuelled by the surging of adrenalin but curiously, the wild tongue appears to be unaware of its effects upon its surroundings.

To catch a wild tongue, you must engage it in conversation but be warned: you must be prepared for attack. Mostly, the wild tongue will attack unprovoked and there have been less reported strikes where the victim had initiated the conversation. This could suggest that the wild tongue is disarmed by the initiation process or worryingly, that victims just aren't coming forward because of unwarranted feelings of guilt; this is unfortunate as it distorts the offical figures for reported attacks and it also means that these people aren't receiving the help they need.

Experts have observed that the wild tongue is uncomfortable in a group and the 'fight or flight' principle applies, with the most common choice being the former. The resulting aggressive behaviour is detrimental to group dynamics. The wild tongue should either be ignored or contained by consensus or by a recognised figure of authority. It is not unheard of for the wild tongue to be trained to sit quietly when requested. Full socialisation can be achieved over a long period under professional supervision.


cheryl63 said...

Well now I think I may know where one of these frequents......Did you know they are often found running wild in University settings?

Kathryn said...

Yes indeed...