Feeling isolated? Communicate more

  • Fact: In stressful situations, people may seek relief from their increased anxiety by moving away from those around them. Their distancing is driven by forces that operate at an unconscious level.
  • Action: Help your “runaway”, don’t forget about them. Resist the temptation to do nothing. Instead, reach out to encourage them to think through the cause of their anxiety. Then, stay close enough to influence them, but keep enough distance to lead them.