Answering Questions About Empathy for ASGs, ESGs, and Life

by Bud Nye

The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.
—Blaise Pascal

All our so-called consciousness is a more or less fantastic commentary upon an unknown text, one that is perhaps unknowable but still felt.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

The human body is the best picture of the soul.
—Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • Does “talking with someone” help us?
  • What does “empathy” refer to?
  • Where does empathy come from? (What allows it to happen?)
  • What qualifies as “empathy”, and what does not?
  • Can we always use empathy when communicating with others?

  • Do we have different kinds of empathy?
  • Do women have the ability to communicate more empathically than men?
  • How does empathy relate to attachment theory?

  • In what ways can empathy benefit ESG participants?
  • What importance does empathy have in emotion focused ESGs, ASGs and life?

  • How do most therapists perform using empathy?
  • Why do we usually have such trouble interacting in empathic ways with others?
  • Should we consider humans inherently selfish?
  • What tends to suppress our natural tendency empathically to care for others?
  • Where, geographically, do we find the greatest reported sense of well-being and happiness?

  • Does a support group that emphasizes learning about and using empathy require a professional therapist?
  • What about self-empathy?
  • How do we empathically deal with another person’s defenses?
  • How do we best see empathy as helping others to adapt in more healthy ways?
  • What do we wish to accomplish emotionally with empathy?
  • How might we learn to use empathy within EF ESG and ASG meetings?