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When Your Belieber Becomes a Griever


Bieber Fever: it’s real.

Justin Bieber. As an adult, I’m sure those two, small words elicit eye-rolling, maybe rubbing your temples and exhaling deeply. As a small child, those two words bring about an entirely different reaction – Bieber Fever, supposedly the most contagious disease of our time. But don’t panic! A simple Google search will reveal some extraordinary news – Bieber Fever is dying out.

Okay, stop cheering. No, really. Focus. We’re about to get serious.

While this may be fantabulous news for the adult population, little ones are grieving the loss of their supreme Biebs. You’re probably thinking, “What is this girl talking about? It’s just a celebrity! My kid will find someone more tolerable to idolize.”

While those are very accurate statements, think back to when you were a kid. If I had known what the Spice Girls and Britney Spears (yes, I’m a 90s kid) were doing at all times– poor choices included – I would have been devastated!! I wanted to be friends with them; they were the coolest people I could ever imagine. Assuming they were making poor choices, and had their choices been publicized as JB’s are, there’s no way I would have been allowed to continue to listen to their music and buy their products. Part of me would have felt betrayed – how could someone I care about and look up to who was so cool yesterday be so horrible today? And frankly, that would have sucked. Read More…

Empathy vs Sympathy

empathy versus sympathy

“I know what it’s like down here.
And you’re not alone.”

Dr. Brene Brown, who is super awesome and did an amazing TED talk on vulnerability (which garnered her more notoriety than she was expecting), summed up the difference between sympathy and empathy in a way that is succinct and beautiful and dead. on. accurate.

Then, The Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts took the awesomeness to the next level by animating her profound and true words with adorable woodland creatures. And a hole. And a ladder.

And it’s beautiful.

In the words of Brene (because, in my head, we’re close like that and on a first name basis): “So what is empathy? And why is it very different than sympathy? Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.”

That’s some truth right there. And it just gets better. Read More…

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