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).
Here's an example. Let's say that you're sitting at Starbucks, and you notice the person next to you is crying. If you are like most people, you're first instinct is to wonder what happened and be sad as well... that's sympathy. But if your thoughts move to actually figuring out what was wrong because you want to help and create a change, that sympathy turns to empathy. But what would happen if that person next to you was angry? Would your response be the same? Would you want to help that individual?⠀
How about when someone cuts you off in traffic? You might have a few choice words about that person. But empathy requires you to realize that person may be in a hurry because someone is in the hospital or realize their child is sick at home. What about when we see that a baby is in an environment where you disagree with the parents' lifestyle, you probably would have empathy and say, "Oh, that poor baby". But view that same child 18 years later, your opinion might change to one of judgement and possibly anger yourself. ⠀
So next time somebody does something that makes you angry or does something you disagree with, try to employ empathy. I bet you'd be surprised as to how it changes your attitude.
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