While reading the book "Getting to YES" by Roger Fisher and William Ury, I came across this sentence on page 22:
Another reason that substanssive issues become entangled with psychological ones is that people draw from comments on substance unfounded inferences, ...
I am unsure how to interpret the last part: substance unfounded inferences. What does this mean?
Oxford dictionary defines:
Unfounded: Having no foundation or basis in fact.
Inference: A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning.
And I have thought of two ways to interpret what substance unfounded inferences mean:
- Conclusions reached on a wrong perception of the substance.
- Conclusions reached without basis in the substance.
Can anyone explain this to me?