Episode 66: To Be Fully Engaged Emotionally

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“To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself. Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

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To Be Fully Engaged Emotionally

“To be fully engaged emotionally requires celebrating what the Stoic philosophers called anacoluthia—the mutual entailment of the virtues. By this notion, no virtue is a virtue by itself. Rather, all virtues are entailed. Honesty without compassion, for example, becomes cruelty.” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz from The Power of Full Engagement

Anacoluthia: the mutual entailment of virtues. Me likes. To be fully emotionally engaged we’ve gotta be able to hold opposites and go full-spectrum with our emotions. In fact, being able to hold contradictory emotions is the sign of a healthy individual. We tend to want to pick sides and be EITHER tough OR tender. EITHER spontaneous OR self-controlled. Demonstrate openness OR discretion. Have a sense of patience OR urgency. Either, or. Either, or. Either, or.

Part of the power of full engagement is to work out our emotional muscles and learn to hold BOTH. Can you use a little emotional strength training? Are you emphasizing one side of an emotion a little too much? Try consciously working the other side and hold both!

Brian Johnson,

Chief Philosopher