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The particular characterization of a process as a succession of states (see behavior). As is true for all descriptions, punctuations are observer dependent. So the sequence ...abababa... can be variously described as a repetition of "ab" or as a repetition of "ba". Such a difference becomes significant in relations between individuals or between nations where it matters a great deal whether an event is taken to be an action or a response, e.g., whether a husband withdraws because the wife nags or the wife nags because a husband withdraws. Differences in punctuation underlie many communication pathologies (see pathology), and many international conflicts. (Krippendorff)
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