Episode 67 | How to Know a Person with David Brooks

How to Know a Person with David Brooks

In a society where so many feel unseen and unknown, how do we become the kind of people who deeply see and know those around us? The conflict and division in our society demonstrate the need for people committed to pursuing human connection, even across lines of difference. What can we do – as individuals and in community – that will help us really understand the people in our lives?

David Brooks, author of How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, joined us to explore what it means to know others and to be known by them:

When I ask people, tell me about a time you’ve been seen, they tell me with bright eyes and joy in their face, they tell me about time somebody totally got them. Because seeing someone, if I see potential in you, you’ll see potential in yourself. If I beam my attention on you, you’ll blossom. And so it’s just super powerful to feel seen. But it’s also powerful and fantastic to feel like you’re the seer.

This podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in 2023. Watch the full video of the conversation here. Learn more about David Brooks.

Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:

Bobos in Paradise, On Paradise Drive, The Social Animal, The Road to Character, The Second Mountain, and How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, by David Brooks
Frederick Buechner
Iris Murdoch
Dan McAdams
Mónica Guzmán
E.M. Foster
Jennie Jerome
William Gladstone
Benjamin Disraeli
Harry Nyquist
Andy Crouch
Michael Gerson
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Thornton Wilder
Oprah Winfrey
Kate Murphey

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Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Wrestling with God, by Simone Weil

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