Different forms of politeness
Last update: 01 May 2023
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A Quora answer to a question on the perceived "coldness" of Nordic people introduced me to the concept of "Politeness Theory". I have doubts about the perspective of the theory.

Warm Courtesy

What I refer to as "Warm Courtesy" is, to me, rather intrusive. Its characteristics include (from Quora, with corrections):

As a whole, people consider it much more important to communicate to other people that they are cared for and that they are not alone than respecting their individuality, freedom and privacy.

Cool Courtesy

Among characteristics of what I refer to as "Cool Courtesy" are (from Quora, again):

In short; Warm Courtesy cares, Cool Courtesy respects.

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