CHAPTER 4TIME TRAVEL TO SEE THE NAKED EMPERORTHE BENEFIT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTANCE

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NEARLY EVERYONE IS FAMILIAR with the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” but I invite you to revisit your childhood and take a moment to refamiliarize yourself with it since it makes a point relevant to psychological distance.

The parallel between this story and the topic of this book is obvious. No one wanted to look stupid (or incompetent) and so everyone ignored their own best judgment and went along with the crowd. (Hans Christian Andersen adapted this story in the mid-1800s from an even older Spanish tale. Human nature hasn’t changed much, has it?) The point ...

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