As 2017 begins, take a moment to think about meetings in a wider context. OK, a very wide context.
“Who am I?” We’ve all wondered about some form of this question. While the answer is left for an exercise for the reader (and this writer), Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and a pioneer in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, argues that our identity is not contained so much within us, but between us.
As Dan puts it:
“The self has been falsely characterized as being embedded in your body … The self being embedded in your body is not only wrong, it is a destructive belief … We have an internal-self of a ‘me’, and we do have an interconnected-self of a ‘we’. Both are important.”
—Dr Daniel Siegel, “Why Compassion is Necessary for Humanity“
Here’s the two-minute conclusion of Dan’s video:
While our primary relationships are usually with family and friends, professional relationships are also important, and meetings are typically the most effective way to form and develop then.
If then — as interpersonal neurobiology would have it — we are ultimately who we are because of our relationships, it follows that meetings are central to our being, our understanding of ourselves.
Meetings. They’re more important than you think.
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