Empathy Makes All the Difference-Part 2 An antidote to being judgmental. practices for cultivating empathy

Here are some practices for cultivating empathy:

  • Practice committed, non-reactive listening by tuning in to the deeper levels of their message.
  • Move away from right and wrong thinking.
  • When you notice judgments in the mind, remind yourself about “different strokes for different folks.”
  • Become more tolerant and accepting of the values and styles of others.
  • Make room for the full range of intense feelings in yourself and others: fear, hurt, confusion, anger, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, joy, and happiness.
  • Resist giving advice even if it’s solicited.
  • Bring forth warmth, affection, and your open heart.


Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., and Charlie Bloom, M.S.W