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And yet I remember thinking at the time: What on earth am I doing? He doesn't like me (he was convincingly nonchalant). Other boys do. Go with those other boys.
But you can't change who you like, which you discover when you try. And that process of discovering who we are through who we like is fascinating. Books that capture it are often my favorite books of all.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one of those books. There's such a essence of truth about the book, like if you want to understand how we humans learn about life and love, watch this play out.
Adolescence is one burst of activity for our understanding ourselves and other people, and then figuring out how to expand or use that knowledge. Another chunk of info comes at us the first time we live with others outside our family, a roommate of any variety. Our first supervisory job. Our first long-time relationship. All build upon our knowledge base of how we're likely to act and react in different situations, and understanding how others will do the same. This is becoming the field of Personal Intelligence, which is a framework for a type of positive psychology, that is knowing yourself and others well enough to make the kind of choices that will lead to long-term happiness. Scientific American titled their article on the topic "How to Plan for Your Future Self."
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If you think about the people you know who are really good at this--whether a coach, boss, adviser, teacher, captain, friend--there's a security in knowing that in anything you do together, chances for success are high because they understand human nature, and teach you in the process.
To me, Aristotle and Dante did the same.