Oprah Winfrey revealed that she has one big takeaway from the more than 37,000 interviews she has reportedly done in the span of her television career. The TV icon made the revelation in an in-depth interview published today by Vogue.
Asked by interviewer Jonathan Van Meter whether she had one big takeaway, Winfrey responded: “Absolutely. There’s not a human being alive who doesn’t want — in any conversation, encounter, experience with another human being — to feel like they matter. And you can resolve any issue if you could just get to what it is that they want — they want to be heard. And they want to know that what they said to you meant something.”
Winfrey added: “Most people go their entire lives and nobody ever really wants the answer to ‘How are you? Tell me about yourself.’ And what was so beautifully … what is the word? … comforting about what happened every day on the Oprah show is that people would dress up like they were going to church. Sometimes I would notice somebody and I would say, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a really pretty green dress.’ And she would go: ‘I wore it for you! I knew you would notice me!’ People just want to be seen; they want to be validated.”
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