Audio: Five steps to boost your empathy from philosopher Roman Krznaric

Are you empathetic? Do you have the imaginative ability to step into the shoes of another to try and understand what they are feeling or perceiving?

It’s an ability that is quite different from feeling sympathetic or sorry for another person. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric argues that empathy is in decline but, he says, we need it in abundance if societies are to flourish.

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How are your empathy levels today?

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There’s growing evidence that empathy—the ability to step into the shoes of another person and look at the world from their perspective—is in global decline.