Otherness: Emotionally Connecting and Relating to Others

By now, we hope that you understand how important it is to seek the help of others to thrive in the SMA. We need others because we can’t think, innovate, or relate at our best alone. To relate to other people you first have to make a connection with them. It is by building a relationship over time that you build trust, and when you have caring trust, you have set the stage for the highest level of human engagement. Barbara Fredrickson explains that “good social relationships are a necessary condition for human flourishing. It is scientifically correct to say that nobody reaches his or her full potential in isolation.”1 In other words, we are all just “people who need people” in order ...

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