Sometimes there are destructive or harmful processes going on in interactions between people, but they are going on at a submerged level — that is, they are happening ‘beneath the table’ rather than ‘on the table’, as it were, like a hidden agenda at a meeting. Sometimes the use of such processes is deliberate — for example, when somebody is trying to sabotage a particular event or process because it is not in their interests for it to succeed. Very often, though, the underlying harmful process is not deliberate, it is the historical result of various factors that have come together to produce this outcome. For example, the fears of various individuals may combine to produce a situation in which particular topics become taboo because no one feels comfortable in raising or tackling them.
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