Column: Empathy can save the world

by Kate S. Baer

First, I wanted to take a moment to focus on a part of stigma reduction that I believe is, at its core, a part that can ultimately save the world: empathy.

Empathy is the understanding and recognition of the state of mind, beliefs and/or desires of another person. Empathy is also one’s own emotional reaction to another’s emotions. A common way of referring to empathy is asking yourself to metaphorically “walk in someone’s shoes.”

Empathy is responding without judgment, criticism or confusion as you put your energy into trying to understand or experience someone else’s perspectives and feelings.

Why will this save the world?