This post is dedicated to my wonderful cousin, Lani, because the number 68 is very special to her.
Connection is super important to me. And, while I only truly know my own experience, I’ve gotta believe that connection is also very important to most of you reading this. (Data supporting this assumption: If connecting with other people and their ideas was NOT important to you, why would you be reading this?)
I think a lot about connection — because of the work I do as a psychotherapist and because it makes life worthwhile for me.
Therefore, I also think a lot about the barriers to connection. What gets in the way of human beings connecting better with each other?
I will now make a list of possible candidates.
Barriers to Connection I Have Known
by Ann Koplow
Barrier #1. My own insecurities.
This is probably the biggest barrier to my connecting in a more authentic, uncomplicated, and effective way to other people. As a matter of fact, this might be a very short list. And a very short blog post.
Let’s see, do I have more to say about this?
Well, I could list my insecurities, which get in the way of connecting with other people.
Here are some of them:
- I’m not smart enough. There are so many things that other people know that I don’t.
- I’m too smart, in some weird way, and people don’t understand what I’m trying to tell them.
- I’m just weird, because of my unique set of past experiences, so people don’t understand what I’m trying to tell them.
Okay. Is there anything else I want to tell you about this, today, dear reader?
I guess not.
It looks like a beautiful day outside. I’m going out there, people!
Thanks for reading.