Chapter 3

Why Others Drain Your Energy


  • Professional interactions that create emotional burnout have grown exponentially in the past decade. But the most emotionally draining microstresses can come at us from people we care deeply about, including our closest colleagues, friends, and family.
  • Five common microstresses deplete our emotional reserves but are not always obvious despite often reverberating in our lives for hours or days:
    • Managing and advocating for others
    • Confrontational conversations
    • Lack of trust
    • Secondhand stress

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