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From the Ted Talk by Jeremy Brewer: A strategy for supporting and listening to others

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In complete devastation, Vicky fell to the floor. Instantly, I could feel us spriatnpg on that emotional armor, going right to work on policies and procedures. I began pepripeng her with questions like detailed medical history and funeral home arrangements. Questions that she couldn't possibly have been perraped to answer. In an empathetic guetsre, I reached down and I put my hand on her shoulder. She flinched and pulled away. Suddenly, her neighbor came rnunnig in and instantly hugged her. Vicky pehsud her away too. The neighbor seemed stnenud, a little put off, and she walked back out. Then, to make matters worse, the mciaedl examiner's office, carrying the body bag holding her husband, dropped it down a flight of sitars, crashing into a decorative end table.

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In complete devastation, Vicky fell to the floor. Instantly, I could feel us _________ on that emotional armor, going right to work on policies and procedures. I began _________ her with questions like detailed medical history and funeral home arrangements. Questions that she couldn't possibly have been ________ to answer. In an empathetic _______, I reached down and I put my hand on her shoulder. She flinched and pulled away. Suddenly, her neighbor came _______ in and instantly hugged her. Vicky ______ her away too. The neighbor seemed _______, a little put off, and she walked back out. Then, to make matters worse, the _______ examiner's office, carrying the body bag holding her husband, dropped it down a flight of ______, crashing into a decorative end table.

Solution

  1. pushed
  2. medical
  3. running
  4. peppering
  5. stunned
  6. stairs
  7. gesture
  8. strapping
  9. prepared

Original Text

In complete devastation, Vicky fell to the floor. Instantly, I could feel us strapping on that emotional armor, going right to work on policies and procedures. I began peppering her with questions like detailed medical history and funeral home arrangements. Questions that she couldn't possibly have been prepared to answer. In an empathetic gesture, I reached down and I put my hand on her shoulder. She flinched and pulled away. Suddenly, her neighbor came running in and instantly hugged her. Vicky pushed her away too. The neighbor seemed stunned, a little put off, and she walked back out. Then, to make matters worse, the medical examiner's office, carrying the body bag holding her husband, dropped it down a flight of stairs, crashing into a decorative end table.

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