A couple of interesting articles

Some interesting articles I've read this spring. First, this article from The NYTimes (thanks, Emily) about the futility of focusing on perfection when looking for a spouse. While the feel of the article is a bit pessimistic, I think they have an excellent point, even more applicable after marriage than before. This article, because of a friend at church. Lucky me, I married a man who teaches me something new about kindness every day. And on that note, an article¬†from the Wall Street Journal on how stress decreases our empathy.   The boys are getting…
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Conversational narcissism

My sis-in-law, Hannah, put me on to this interesting article from The Art of Manliness about conversational narcissism. My parents always encouraged us to ask questions of people, even before we were in our teens. Not really having a gift for small-talk, it's always been a challenge. Since then, I feel like I have sometimes gotten much worse at listening, especially when I am in company with someone who is truly generous with their interest. While I was aware that competition for attention is generally an unhelpful attitude, I hadn't actually identified the second narcissistic…
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