#385. The Awesome Power of "Touchy-Feely" | Carole Robin and David Bradford

Ten Percent Happier
October 6, 2021
#385. The Awesome Power of "Touchy-Feely" | Carole Robin and David Bradford
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Transcript

We talk a lot on this show about social connection, but in this episode we’re going to get super granular on how to actually do relationships better.

Carole Robin and David Bradford taught the most popular elective course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for a combined total of 75 years. Officially, the name of the course is Interpersonal Dynamics, but everybody calls it “Touchy-Feely.” Together they have written the new book, Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships with Family, Friends, and Colleagues.

We dive into the six hallmarks of what they call “exceptional relationships,” how to be honest and vulnerable without overdoing it, why the questions “how am I feeling?” and “how are you feeling?” are central to improving our communication, the inevitability of risk when you set out to deepen a relationship, and why meditation is helpful in all of this.

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