Humans of Intimacy: Nick Epley

We interviewed Nick in our BBXX podcast interview, “Same Page, Different Book.”

He is a professor at the Chicago Booth School of Business, where he conducts research and teaches the MBA class, “Designing a Good Life.”

Everyone has an interesting story to tell you.  

You just have to talk to them to find out what it is.

We find in our research that people most consistently misunderstand how positively their interactions with strangers are likely to unfold.  

The most important thing I’ve learned from my research, and from my own personal experience putting that research into my daily practice, is that there is so much more going on in others’ minds than we can know…

Other people have just as many interesting experiences and stories to tell as you do, but you don’t know what they are, and that can make it easy to assume that others don’t have those sorts of stories and experiences to share.

But in order to learn these stories, and to gain the benefits of interacting with others, you have to start by saying, ‘hello.'”


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