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Empathy is a competency that allows you to read people. Who is supporting whom? Who is pissed off, and who is coasting?

There are some meanings for pissed off in Longman Dictionary:

  • to annoy someone very much
  • to go away – used especially to tell someone to go away
  • used to say no or to refuse to do something

I think the third is correct but I am not sure.

So, Could you please help me?

The full text is here:

So how do we fi x meetings so they are more enjoyable and produce more positive feelings? Sure, invite the right people, create better agendas, and be better prepared. Those are baseline fi xes. But if you really want to improve how people work together at meetings, you’ll need to rely on—and maybe develop—a couple of key emotional intelligence competencies: empathy and emotional self-management. Why empathy? Empathy is a competency that allows you to read people. Who is supporting whom? Who is pissed off, and who is coasting? Where is the resistance? This isn’t as easy as it seems. Sometimes, the smartest resisters often look like supporters, but they’re not supportive at all. They’re smart, sneaky idea killers. Carefully reading people will also help you understand the major and often hidden confl icts in the group.

https://hbrascend.org/topics/key-to-a-great-meeting/

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In this context (and almost any time you hear the phrase pissed off), it is the first definition: to annoy someone very much.

So, "who is pissed off" can be read as "who is very annoyed by something or someone in the meeting".

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It is suggesting some of the qustions you are able to answer if you have empathy. You can tell who is supporting whom; you can tell who is pissed off; you can tell who is just coasting.

  • You can tell which of the people in the meeting (if any) are currently pissed off, and which of the people in the meeting (if any) are just coasting. – Colin Fine Apr 14 at 14:00
  • This does notm answer the question as to the meaning of "pissed off". In fct it does little beyond repeating the question. – David Siegel Apr 14 at 15:03
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    I misunderstood what was being requested: since the OP gave a dictionary definition for "pissed off", I didn't think that was what they were asking about. "Pissed off" means "very annoyed". – Colin Fine Apr 14 at 16:46

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