negativism

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negativism

1. any sceptical or derisive system of thought
2. Psychiatry refusal to do what is expected or suggested or the tendency to do the opposite

negativism

[′neg·əd·ə‚viz·əm]
(psychology)
Indifference, opposition, or resistance to suggestions, or persistent refusal to do as asked, without apparent or objective reasons.
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economic interests, the negativists highlight several areas of concern in addition to the Arab oil embargo.
Many negativists maintain that continued deficit financing by the GCC states could bring them into competition with the U.
Lastly, the negativists are quick to believe that the GCC's efforts at promoting economic integration and rationalization among its members have not gone very far.
Many American negativists find considerable fault with the GCC countries' domestic political systems.
In this regard, many negativists maintain that the GCC countries have insufficiently taken into consideration American political interests in inter-Arab and inter-Islamic councils.
Negativists also fault (1) the support that some of the GCC countries' citizens give to radical elements in various Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries; (2) their reluctance to stand with the United States and Israel on certain U.
However, the negativists claim that the GCC governments have made it unnecessarily difficult for Americans to trade, invest and engage in mutually profitable joint ventures in these countries.
In particular, the negativists fault the GCC countries for (1) their unwillingness to consider granting the United States military bases to defend these countries more effectively; (2) their reluctance to accommodate U.