Nothing erodes a sense of personal empowerment like not being heard. What may be going on when you try to offer a perspective and it’s ignored, brushed aside, or automatically negated? In my clinical practice I see again and again that not feeling heard often leads to depression, feeds into anxiety, invites anger. My TEDx talk on lifting depression describes a case where this issue proved to be central to both the cause of depressed feelings and the cure. Feeling consistently unheard also suggests that work frustrations and marriage problems could be on the road ahead–or have already arrived.