Your highlights of 2023, and overcoming helplessness in 2024
The goal isn't to carry other people's pain. It's to show that you care.
For so many people, 2023 was the year of empathic distress—the pain of feeling others’ pain, while feeling helpless to do anything about it. To kick off 2024, I wrote about why empathy often drains and restrains us, and how compassion can help.
The most basic form of compassion is not assuaging distress but acknowledging it. Even if you can’t make people feel better, you can still help them feel seen.
The new year brings the international Hidden Potential tour. If you’re across the pond or down under, I hope to see you there:
Without further ado, here are your top 10 links of 2023:
The evidence on how talking tentatively can actually be an effective strategy.
2. If You Do This, Your Emails Might Be Rude (Granted)
How not to alienate your audience in 9 easy steps.
3. Americans Are Fake and the Dutch Are Rude (Behavioral Scientist)
A fascinating read on the psychology of cultural differences in communication.
Too many leaders cling to old convictions instead of testing new possibilities.
5. MBTI, If You Want Me Back, You Need to Change Too (Granted)
I wrote this breakup letter to the MBTI a decade ago, hoping it would change. It hasn't.
Frenemies can wreak more havoc on your well-being than enemies.
P.S. A new favorite Venn diagram: