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January 31, 2024


Aaron Hann

This is great. I chose to respond to that article, not to argue, but out of advocacy for those alienated by such ideology. It’s really ironic that the writer draws heavily on Edwin Friedman to criticize empathy, but Friedman also had this to say about reaching people through curiosity rather than fight mode:

“The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard. People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.“

See more here: https://www.aaronjhann.com/p/the-failure-of-syntax

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