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How To Stop Obsessing Over What Other People Are Thinking: Teresa Lodato (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of author and entrepreneur Teresa Lodato’s talk titled “How To Stop Obsessing Over What Other People Are Thinking” at TEDxGreenhouse Road 2024 conference.

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TRANSCRIPT:

When I was in high school, I had a bit of a crush on a varsity baseball player named Mike. Every day when I’d get to school, I’d try to figure out if we were going to cross paths during the day. And sometimes it would just happen. But most of the time, it was something I kind of had to plan out.

I’d go stand near his locker looking cute. And when I say cute, I meant really cute. But despite my best attempts, despite furiously batting my eyelashes, he never gave me a second look. In fact, he barely even talked to me.

And in response, I did what everyone else would do. What we do all the time, whether we realize it or not, when this kind of thing happens, I told myself a story about what he was thinking about me and why he was ignoring me. I told myself that he was thinking that he was too good for me, that he was way too cool, and that I wasn’t nearly cool enough to hang out with him and the rest of the in crowd. And the sad fact is that story set the tone for my dating life for quite a few years.

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