One of the neatest things about the internet, and blogs in particular, is that a person can share an idea and get a response. Simply amazing. That's why I'm pretty excited to share this email response to an early post about fragility I received from Dave Hall, a reader who has taken my mini-course:
I agree with both you and Keith on fragility.
I believe that Bill's concern for the relationship is tied to his concern for the other person. However, I would also pose a third reason.
I believe Bill is also trying to protect himself. If Bill has reason to believe his message will injure the other person, he may also be afraid of the reptilian response that the message may trigger which would, in turn, injure him.
This leaves us in a situation with at least 3 fragile items:
- the receiver of the message,
- the messenger
- the relationship between those two parties.
Thanks for the thought provoking piece.
My pleasure. Thank you, Dave, for your thoughtful response.
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