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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mysterious Stranger View Post
    I wouldn't prefer to not be. I was being literal not figurative.
    Ah, well then. Exhibitionism can be a tactic too, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YUI View Post
    Ah, well then. Exhibitionism can be a tactic too, I guess.
    What do you mean?
    I am the Cat who walks by themself; and all places are alike to me...

    For the cat is cryptic,
    and close to strange things which men cannot see.
    They are the soul of antique Aegyptus,
    and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroë and Ophir.
    They are the kin of the jungle’s lords,
    and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa.
    The Sphinx is their cousin, and they speak her language;
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mysterious Stranger View Post
    What do you mean?
    I was making a joke about the "naked celts" part of your post. Never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUI View Post
    I was making a joke about the "naked celts" part of your post. Never mind.
    Ah. Well, better luck next time?
    I am the Cat who walks by themself; and all places are alike to me...

    For the cat is cryptic,
    and close to strange things which men cannot see.
    They are the soul of antique Aegyptus,
    and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroë and Ophir.
    They are the kin of the jungle’s lords,
    and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa.
    The Sphinx is their cousin, and they speak her language;
    but they are more ancient than the Sphinx,
    and remember that which she hath forgotten...


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Mysterious Stranger View Post
    Ah. Well, better luck next time?
    If there's an opening for potty humor, that's where my mind inevitably goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earl Grey View Post
    I suppose how good an armor is also depends on how proficient one is in wielding it, putting it on. When I think about it, this question goes pretty complex. There is not one armor for everything, but different types for different weaknesses in different situations. Within the past week alone, I have referred to one as a 'fighter jet' (with a very native proficiency for flying it, too), and another as a 'flimsy facsimile of armor'. Either does not mean one is overall and always armored, or the opposite.

    If behaviour would count as armor, I'd say that simply not tipping people off to your armor (and its existence at all) in itself is also armor. It gives them no choice but to go in blind.

    Interestingly, armor can also be destructive or too heavy for its own bearer, who cannot bear with the consequences of having such armor.
    Yes, as in RPGs armor is also limiting. One must weigh the limitations against the benefits, in the situation at hand. Likewise, not tipping people off to your armor balances the virtues of stealth with deterrence. The latter, after all, requires armor to be readily apparent and effective-looking. All depends on the type of encounter one is expecting, and the other resources at one's disposal (see below).


    Quote Originally Posted by YUI View Post
    I would also argue that kindness and agreeability can be a tactical maneuver (a type of "armor") as well. As in the example of non-participation, sometimes non-aggression is a good way to effect a quick exit and seek a better posture for engagement elsewhere.
    Tactics can be defensive - in which case they are more like armor, or offensive - in which case, they are more like weapons. It's been said, after all, that the best defense is a good offense. Whether you agree or not, it points to the different functions of the tools we use, literal or figurative "to win" and get ahead in life.

    Your example about cold politeness is a good one, but I would say more like a weapon. I have a coworker who is especially troublesome because he weaponizes courtesy. People don't realize how slimy/sleazy his behavior is, because it appears unfailingly polite and even friendly. Meanwhile, he is undermining you behind your back. My old supervisor was on to him; the new one is completely taken in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Tactics can be defensive - in which case they are more like armor, or offensive - in which case, they are more like weapons. [...snipped] Your example about cold politeness is a good one, but I would say more like a weapon.
    Good point. There are all kinds of fun little distinctions one could make. It gets into a type of psychology where pretty much everything we do is viewed as a defense mechanism of one sort or another. It's a tough ol' world out there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I have a coworker who is especially troublesome because he weaponizes courtesy. People don't realize how slimy/sleazy his behavior is, because it appears unfailingly polite and even friendly. Meanwhile, he is undermining you behind your back. My old supervisor was on to him; the new one is completely taken in.
    Palace intrigues! I'm glad to have left all that stuff behind. Nowadays the drama I deal with as a retiree is more like toddlers shoving each other and whacking each other in the head with wooden blocks. Lots of noise and tears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexcoder View Post
    Gothic style is another example of using makeup / clothing as a armor. Some do it to try to scare / intimidate people. @StrawberryBoots
    I think so too. Thanks for helping me understand. (:
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    I am the Cat who walks by themself; and all places are alike to me...

    For the cat is cryptic,
    and close to strange things which men cannot see.
    They are the soul of antique Aegyptus,
    and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroë and Ophir.
    They are the kin of the jungle’s lords,
    and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa.
    The Sphinx is their cousin, and they speak her language;
    but they are more ancient than the Sphinx,
    and remember that which she hath forgotten...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUI View Post
    In short: In my head, the topic of "armor" focuses more on appearances rather than actual lifestyle.
    I agree with what Cor said. I'll also just add that basically, armor is just a tool used as defense. That could be virtually anything, not just appearance related things.
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