Not Assuming the Worst in People
Giving people the benefit of the doubt – not only is this a useful English phrase, but it’s also a great attitude to have in life. I talk about some ways in which we can use this and how this way of thinking benefits my own life.
Situations That Make Me Mad
Someone cuts you off in traffic
Maybe he’s rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.
Sometimes swears at you or shouts at you for something
Maybe that person is very insecure and just trying to impress their friends. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and maybe even feel some pity for him.
Not standing on one side of an escalator
Maybe that person is a tourist and they’ve just arrived in London for the first time! I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they don’t know this rule.
- To clench one’s jaw (04:35) – To tighten the muscles in your jaw (part of your head where your chin is)
- To cut someone off (5:08) – To drive in front of someone else in traffic quickly and dangerously
- To belittle (7:34) – To make someone feel small or unimportant (or their problems)
- To hit home (10:26) – To be particularly emotionally important for someone, or to have a lot of meaning to someone
- If I were in your shoes (16:34) – If I were in your situation…
- He means well – He has good intentions, he doesn’t want to harm you