React vs Repond
Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Your reaction or response controls so much!
We've all been there. Your team lead calls you in (or video chats you if you're blessed to be remote) and has to have "one of those conversations" with you. Maybe you made an error? Maybe the conversation is unwarranted? Regardless...what happens next is key.
You might have feelings of disappointment in yourself. You may feel embarrassed. If the topic of conversation was not based on what you see as right, you're probably feeling angry.
But Aren't These the Same?
Yep - you're right. Reactions and responses, at their core, are essentially the same. However, they are not entirely the same especially in work environments.
The Oxford Dictionary defines react as how you "respond or behave in a particular way in response to something." To the contrary, our friends at Oxford state that to respond is to "say something in reply."
What I personally find curious is how similar