Impact and intent

Almost on a daily basis, humans confuse impact for intent.

If someone else’s behavior impacts us negatively, we ascribe a negative intent to that person. But often it’s not the case.

Just like the neighbor’s dog wasn’t trying to wake you up at 2 AM, the person who cut you off in traffic might have been rushing to an emergency. And the colleague who didn’t invite you to a meeting could have been distracted just before clicking the send button.

Assume positive intent. It’ll have a positive impact on your well-being.

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