It may just be my perception but it seems to me that the verb assumir is or embodies a Brazilian cultural value. People are always talking about the importance of taking responsibility, taking charge, assessing, declaring and facing the reality of a situation.

It seems to me that much academic advice goes in the opposite direction. It is about what not to do, what to avoid, where to dodge, and how to avoid conflict. I think assumir is the better strategy, as it gives you far more power.




Filed under Banes, Da Whiteman, What Is A Scholar?

3 responses to “Assumir

  1. hattie

    My problem is that I never seem like an authority figure. I always end up behind the scenes.

  2. I need to do this, because my hide-and-avoid strategy is not working.

  3. Z

    I am always trying not to seem threatening, so I end up not being seen as an authority figure. I am going to stop this.

    Hide-and-avoid really is what they teach us to do in academia, I think, and it does not work.

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