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    Question How would you describe such a person, please?

    Hi,
    I wonder if you could, kindly, help me find some addjectives to describe such a person. In 'My Family' series, season 5, episode 2, at some point Susan tries to make Ben (her husband) understand that their son's friend was trying to get off with her. Firstly, Ben insists it was only imaginations, but even after taking it seriously he behaved as if it didn't matter to him, making his wife upset. Obviously, Susan expected him to have a special feeling, or to be a bit of a '...', which is what a husband is supposed to show in such cases. (I'm not looking for 'jealous', as I think it's a negative way of describing this quality in character. She must have expected something else. Then, how should we describe Ben, using an adjective? And, what do you think might be the right adjective for a character opposite that of Ben? (A positive adj, appraised by woman, perhaps)

    Maybe we could use 'caring' (?!), but I'm more thinking of a less general adjective.


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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    If "jealous" isn't what you are looking for, perhaps "protective" or "possessive" is better?

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If "jealous" isn't what you are looking for, perhaps "protective" or "possessive" is better?
    Though it sounds a bit of a general term, 'protective' is much better a choice. 'Possessive' gives me the feeling of caring for one's possessions and 'things'.


    Thanks a lot dear SoothingDave!

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Though it sounds a bit of a general term, 'protective' is much better a choice. 'Possessive' gives me the feeling of caring for one's possessions and 'things'.


    Thanks a lot dear SoothingDave!
    One can be possessive about people too. But 'possessive' is used in a negative sense.

    One can be 'protective' without being loving.

    What about 'concerned'(similar to caring) or simply 'loving' ?

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Ben seems to me to be insensitive. Is that what you are looking for?

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    I think "possessive" sums up your second question (from what I've read. I keep getting a hair conditioner ad on constant replay when I click on your link).
    Even though "overly possessive" is a negative term, Susan did want Ben to feel possessive of her. She wanted him to be a bit jealous. These aren't necessarily negative terms when they're used in that context. They are normal human emotions, and Susan would have liked Ben to display them, at least in this context.

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Ben seems to me to be insensitive. Is that what you are looking for?

    Thanks! And should I say he's insensitive to / about her feelings?



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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I think "possessive" sums up your second question (from what I've read. I keep getting a hair conditioner ad on constant replay when I click on your link).
    Even though "overly possessive" is a negative term, Susan did want Ben to feel possessive of her. She wanted him to be a bit jealous. These aren't necessarily negative terms when they're used in that context. They are normal human emotions, and Susan would have liked Ben to display them, at least in this context.
    There must have been some temporary problem with the link. Many thanks for the time you spent checking the link!
    It's interesting, because I used to think 'possessive' would always give a negative sense, no matter where it's used.


    Thank you so much for the help!

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks! And should I say he's insensitive to / about her feelings?
    I'd go for 'to'.

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    Re: How would you describe such a person, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    It's interesting, because I used to think 'possessive' would always give a negative sense, no matter where it's used.

    No, there's nothing inherently negative in the concept of possession, or about husbands being possessive of their wives if another male is attempting to take over.

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