Inside the person sitting in front of you lies a person you don't understand unless you empathize with them.

Empathy is your opportunity to give and receive compassion.

Dan Trepanier

Mentor Coach, 12 Ways Empathy Brings YOU closer to YOUR Man

Show empathy towards others if you want to understand what they are going through.  

Empathy is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated objectively explicit manner. —-Merriam Webster Dictionary 

Connecting on a profound level involves more than superficial chit-chat. What you need is to develop the habit of bringing empathy into everything you do.

Empathy is a necessary skill many people neglect to tap into. There is a power to discussions that delve into the expression of emotion. If you want to grow, connect and contribute in this world, you must profoundly empathize with others.

Do less talking and more listening is the best gift you can offer someone. To be empathetic is to enter into someone’s perceptional world – Spend time in it like you are a guest in their home. Be it to gain insight into their fears, hopes, vulnerabilities.

12 Ways To Be More Empathetic.

  1. Ask, “How do you feel?” as oppose to “What are you thinking?”
  2. Be present with the person sitting in front of you by ignoring your self-centred perspective.
  3. It is all about a focus on the emotional components of their world. Focus includes leaving your biases out of it. I’ve often noticed how people struggle to express what they are feeling at the moment.
  4. Notice body language, look into eyes, pay attention to speech patterns.
  5. What is not said is often as important as what is. Do this, and you’ll detect something latent that a person is not willing to talk about.
  6. If you tap into a sense of where they are coming from, you’ll be better positioned to ask the right questions.
  7. Make it easier for others to disclose feelings honestly and directly.
  8. Perhaps start the conversation with…’ it seems to me you wanted to say..?
  9. Focus on current feelings and use present tense.
  10. Sometimes a divine act of empathy means leaving your loved one alone and giving them space.
  11. Tap into their feelings and you’ll produce relationship results that work. I know I’m often guilty of wanting to molly coddle and solve my partners problems. This approach is counter productive. My partners is an introvert and gets into this ‘give me space phase. — which is ok!
  12. Temporary isolation can be beneficial to both of you. It proves the space you offer does not isolate you; it brings you closer together.

Empathy vs Sympathy

Sympathy is when you share another’s feelings; empathy is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. 

 

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