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    of regarding that as the norm

    This is our new way of approaching the problem of humanness, i.e., with an appreciation of its high possibilities and, simultaneously, a deep disappointment that these possibilities are so infrequently actualized. This attitude contrasts with the "realistic" acceptance of whatever happens to be the case, and then of regarding that as the norm [...].
    (The Farther Reaches of Human Nature; Abraham H. Maslow)

    Would you be so kind as to explain to me how exactly the part in bold connects to the rest of the sentence?

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    It is contrasting the expectation that humans will achieve "high possibilities" with the expectation that humans will fail.

    If you expect failure and consider that to be "normal" then people will not disappoint you. If you expect good things, then you will be disappointed; but you will not have come to expect very little of humans.

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    Thank you SoothingDave!

    But in terms of grammar, how do you connect the part in bold to the rest of the sentence, I simply fail to see it for some reason...?

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    Can you give us the entire sentence? The phrasing doesn't sound wrong at all to my ear, but I am not sure how to explain.

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Can you give us the entire sentence?
    This is our new way of approaching the problem of humanness, i.e., with an appreciation of its high possibilities and, simultaneously, a deep disappointment that these possibilities are so infrequently actualized. This attitude contrasts with the "realistic" acceptance of whatever happens to be the case, and then of regarding that as the norm, as, for instance, Kinsey did, and as the television pollsters do today. We tend then to get into the situation in which normalcy from the descriptive point of view, from the value-free science point of view -- that this normalcy or averageness is the best we can expect, and that therefore we should be content with it.

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    This is tough, but I will give it a try. Some other teacher may have another idea.

    The core sentence is "attitude contrasts with acceptance and [of regarding that as the norm]," where the prepositional phrase is acting as a noun.

    The sentence sounds good to me, but I will note that it would work for me as well if the "of" was omitted. Maybe that way the parallel structure of "acceptance and regarding" can be better seen.

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    Re: of regarding that as the norm

    Thank you SoothingDave!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The sentence sounds good to me, but I will note that it would work for me as well if the "of" was omitted.
    It's interesting, it doesn't strike me as wrong either, though I can't for the life of me get my head around the actual role of 'of' here.

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