To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

To Make Better Decisions, Ask Yourself ‘What,’ Not ‘Why’ by Tasha Eurich

Excerpts:

Why questions draw us to our limitations; what questions help us see our potential. Why questions stir up negative emotions; what questions keep us curious. Why questions trap us in our past; what questions help us create a better future.

….Indeed, making the transition from why to what can be the difference between victimhood and growth.

….Asking what instead of why forces us to name our emotions, a process that a strong body of research has shown to be effective. The simple act of translating our emotions into language—versus simply experiencing them—can stop our brains from activating our amygdala, the fight-or-flight command center, and this in turn helps us stay in control. If this sounds too simple to be true, try naming your feelings for a week and see what you notice.

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