(Audio Podcast – 5 min.)
Most of us realize that there’s no right and wrong when it comes to food preferences. You like French onion soup, but I don’t. I love mushroom-barley soup. So we just order different soups and we don’t spend the entire meal debating the “likeability” of our soups. That would be pointless. But the question of personal opinions and preferences isn’t so easily dealt with in other realms of life. Religion, politics, sex, recreational interests, even room temperature. If we’re not careful we find ourselves rolling our eyes when our partner says they want to watch a basketball game, or the Academy awards. Rolling your eyes is the non-verbal version of “what you think about x is stupid or wrong.” There are multiple ways of saying this with words. You communicate disrespect, or, even worse, contempt for the other person.
Gregg Krech Author, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-reflection (2002)| Author, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness (2004, 2011)| Author, A Finger Pointing to the Moon (2000)| Editor, Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living (1993-Present)| Director, ToDo Institute (Vermont) (1992-Pr......