The defining persona in academia is the aggressive prima donna, the ruthless scholar eager to advance his or her career, and willing (ok, eager) to viciously eviscerate anyone who gets in the way.  Survival, as outlined in the cult classic paper, “How to swim with sharks” requires executing a range of maneuvers, including “don’t bleed,” and “counter any aggression promptly” via a “sharp blow to the nose.” [read more… Passive-aggressive behavior = most valuable corporate trait? Interesting you should say that. – Forbes.]

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