Touchy discussion subjects for your occupation/group?
December 16, 2008 2:59 PM Subscribe
What are some topics that are touchy among people in your occupation/group but that well-meaning outsiders often bring up, unaware of the topic's sensitivity?
posted by lunchbox to Human Relations (157 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Among software engineers, discussions comparing or criticizing programming languages are very touchy. I have frequently seen personal resentment or arguments start because one person questioned the merit of an aspect of someone else's favorite programming language. I told a non-programmer friend about this phenomenon, and she found it to be utterly silly. It's understandable that she would feel this way, since a non-programmer may not be aware of how personally bonded one becomes to the programming language one uses every day.
What are some other examples of subjects that are touchy for people within a particular group (whether occupational or otherwise) that well-meaning outsiders unwittingly bring up, since the sensitivity of the subject might not be obvious to outsiders?
I would like to investigate this more and potentially think this would make an interesting research topic for one of my psychology classes.