Insight & Action: The Push and Pull of Porcupines
Is your behavior making or breaking connection?
Humans are like Shaupenhauer’s porcupines. These creatures crave closeness and need to huddle together to keep warm in the winter, but soon spread apart to prevent the pain of being poked by each others' quills. Humans engage in a similar push and pull as they manage the tension between connection and autonomy. If I get too close, will I be disappointed? Might I be discovered?