passive-aggressive generally. “you have great potential” “you had great potential”. As a child I thought it meant a very pure “I believe in you”. And it does mean “I believe in you”. But it has a dark and sinister face hiding behind the smile.

passive-aggressive generally.
“you have great potential”
“you had great potential”.
As a child I thought it meant a very pure “I believe in you”. And it does mean “I believe in you”. But it has a dark and sinister face hiding behind the smile.
When _I_ say it, I mean it without attachment. But I know it’s more often used with attachments. So I try to avoid using it.
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