In 2017, speaking also means email, texting, sending messages via Messenger, Twitter, Facebook or another form of social media. It seems though, that hidden behind a screen, people have forgotten to think before they speak (write), especially about whether what they say is kind.
Part of my stress this year has been due to extreme and malicious unkindness, but also, the role I have in DAI also means I get bullied or blamed for a lot of things, receive emails that are unkind, and even get accused of having PLOM disease for speaking up for myself.
Please, let’s all be kinder to each other. There is even some statistical evidence for it, which you can read by accessing this article; Kelley, J. M., Kraft-Todd, G., Schapria, L., Kossowsky, J., & Riess, H. (2014). The influence of the patient-clinician relationship on healthcare outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLOS One, 9:4, 1-7.