Empathy, How To Improve
One of the topics of conversation I seem to be having most often with my children is how to be a more compassionate and understanding human being. My biggest challenge when discussing the state of the world is to show them that they have to take an active role in life. My belief is that we are put on this earth to create a better space for those around us. Before we create a better space out of our circle, however, we should create a better space within our circle. And that starts with having empathy. ⠀
Empathy is different that sympathy. Sympathy takes no action on your part, whereas empathy requires you to take an active role in understanding the other party; your goal is to understand them better. When discussing a difficult situation, my kids have a habit of saying things like, "that's sad" or "I can't believe that happened to him/her". That's sympathy. Empathy would require them to ask different questions. (If you want to continue reading, listen to or download this podcast, follow the link).
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