We evolved to take the path of least resistance. We categorize everything that surrounds us because it’s easier for our brains to process broad ideas rather than zoom into minutiae. Black and white both have clear definition. Gray areas are uncertain. Gray areas contain more questions than answers.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs largely determine what we want to exert effort on. If foundational needs such as safety and stability are lacking, one will seek clear definition. If one’s cup is full in the areas of safety and stability, exploring the gray, great unknown is less likely to feel like a burden.
I often enjoy podcasts that make me think about how I react and respond to everyday situations, or why some observations I make really stick in my mind. I want to start posting occasional recommendations for those who are always looking for another podcast to listen to, but tire of browsing through the myriad options that are out there. Enjoy (as I have)!
001: One of my favorite podcast episodes of all time is The New Norm by Invisibilia. In the episode, a leadership consultant guides a team of oil rig workers towards building a foundation of psychological safety with each other. This foundation enables the oil rig workers to become more comfortable in expressing their needs and asking for help, paving the way to building physical safety in the workplace.