The Power of Empathy

Empathic skills are the key to solving this problem.

Empathy involves understanding another person’s situation from their perspective. As such, you must be able to place yourself in someone else’s shoes and feel what they are feeling and without judging them. According to Dr. Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, “empathy moves us to a place of courage and compassion. Through it, we come to realize that our perspective is not the perspective.”

Usage of the word “empathy” appears to have increased significantly in recent history. In fact, people tend to throw that term around quite a bit and insist that they are empathic themselves. Unfortunately, most people are not self-aware and thus tend to see themselves differently than how others see them. In actuality, empathy predominantly involves learning about someone else’s worldview. Furthermore, that learning process is shaped to a very great degree by one’s personal relationships. In fact, a University of Virginia study conducted in 2013:

Mark Bae