Making Time for Empathy | Live Happier

Teresa Wiseman has done some research on the subject of empathy and here are Theresa Wiseman’s four attributes of empathy:

  • Perspective Taking: To be able to see the world as others see it. Being able to putt your own stuff (e.g.:  opinions, life experience,  advice) aside to see the situation through the other’s eyes.
  • To be nonjudgmental:  When we judge another person’s situation we discount their experience.
  • To understand another person’s feelings: recognize that we are all unique and we all have different feelings around a similar situation.  Someone might have different feelings than you–and that is OK.
  • To communicate your understanding of that person’s feelings: As Brené Brown says:  A statement of empathy never starts with the phrase, “At least you…” or “It could be worse…” instead try… 

by Nancy Smith