Listening Online – Sample 15
Listen to the video and answer the questions below.
Then, scroll to the bottom of the page for the answers and a transcript of the recording.
Friendship & vulnerability
This is a very short video and some of the answers are close together, so
listen carefully right from the start.
Complete the sentences below.
Write NO MORE THAN ONE WORD for each answer.
It can seem something of a 1 ....................
as to how friendships are formed.
The basis of many close
relationships is 2 ……………..… .
We generally believe that it’s
our strengths and 3 ……………….. that people like us for.
We keep many things a secret for
fear that other people will 4 ……………….. at us if they know the truth.
Two of the most valuable
things we possess are our self-respect and 5 ……………….. .
Answers & transcript
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Friendship & vulnerability
We're sometimes not too
sure how we get into good friendships. It seems to happen rather mysteriously. We
talk of somewhat randomly clicking with people. Trying to plan for this sounds
like cheating. But there is something at the heart of many friendships that
seemed important to identify and in a way to get good at: vulnerability.
It's too easy to assume
that what makes us likeable are our strengths and accomplishments, the things
we're proud of. Certainly this impresses, but it isn't what draws others to us.
We get close to someone the more they and we find ourselves able gracefully to
depart from the official story of what human beings are like and can start to
show the awkward truths which underlie the cheerful facade.
These are the truths
with which we've been lonely for too long. How unlike normal sexuality our sex lives
actually are; how full of envy our careers are proving; how unsatisfactory our
family can be; how worried we are, all the time. Revealing any of these things
places us in great danger. Others could laugh; social media would have a field
day. That's the point. We can only get close by revealing things which would,
in the wrong hands, be capable of inflicting appalling humiliation on us.
Friendship is the
dividend of gratitude that flows from acknowledgement that one has offered
something very valuable to someone. Not a fancy present, but something even
more precious: the key to one's self-esteem and dignity. It's deeply poignant
that we should expend so much effort on trying to look strong before the world.
When all the while, it's really only ever the revelation of the somewhat
embarrassing, sad, melancholy and anxious bits of us that are what makes us
endearing to others and can transform strangers into friends.
Source: TED Ed – Video
created by The School of Life
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