I'm about as direct as can be imagined.
You're right about the conflict thing too; I embraced it a loooong time ago.
In fact I think I almost revel in it.
I'm fine with someone disagreeing with me as long as they can back it up.
Sometimes we're taken the wrong way when we are in "get shit done mode."
Once people are around us long enough to be able to determine that our behavior as such has nothing to do with them personally I think we make more sense.
It's kind of silly that we're so damn free spirited and adventure seeking, yet bullheaded as hell.