The frenetic mental energy in the atmosphere definitely runs against your grain of requiring clarity, just to know if there is a genuine crisis afoot! You like to feel powerful in your world, and people around you are likely unaware of any factors outside of their own immediate situation.
Therefore, during the Mercury retrograde cycles of 2014, your best bet is to take more time away from others than usual, to get back in touch with yourself. This is a great time for gaining deeper perspectives on the motivations of others as well as your own. You will be able to gain a deeper understanding of others? needs and desires so that you can more effectively work with them for mutually empowering results.