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What would constitute a Brain Wedgie in your world? What would make you think differently? How would you adjust your life accordingly? It’s easy to say you sympathize or feel someone’s pain, but it’s nothing like giving yourself the Brain Wedgie version. If you really want to know what your spouse goes through, walk in his or her shoes for a day, literally and figuratively. Want to feel what your kids feel? Attend their daycare center or school all day. Want to understand what homelessness is all about? Do it for a week.
Force yourself to experience the pain. You’ll be in control of the situation, so you can limit the pain in time and intensity, but you’ll still get a much better sense of someone else’s point of view. Give yourself a Brain Wedgie to prepare yourself for trouble you might someday face—divorce, bankruptcy, or anything else you dread. Writing a living will or signing an organ-donor card forces you to face the ultimate Brain Wedgie.
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