Being Well Podcast: Unilateral Virtue

Being Well Podcast: Unilateral Virtue

Whether at home or at work, it’s easy to spend more time dwelling on the faults of others than reflecting on the room for improvement in oneself. But waiting for others to change first creates deadlocks, vicious cycles, and a sense of helplessness.

The alternative is unilateral virtue, the focus of our episode today. Unilateral virtue occurs when we draw on autonomy, empathy, compassion, and kindness to be honorable and responsible even when others aren’t.

Unilateral virtue sounds great in theory but can be a real challenge in practice. This episode explores:

  • Why unilateral virtue avoids so many of the typical issues we have in our relationships
  • Identifying what really matters to us
  • Being empathic, honorable, and appropriate without turning into a doormat
  • Knowing when it’s time to exit a difficult relationship
  • Recommitting to unilateral virtue when we fall off the wagon


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