Walking in Your Shoes: Empathy, Not Love, Makes the Workplace Go Round

“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” ― Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”   

 

Empathy. Do you have it? Do you live it? Do you experience it? Does it guide you? Many may reflexively say “yes, of course”. But think carefully. I’m not talking about sympathy. I’m not talking about pity. Empathy is what seems to be the most profound of emotions in that it actually leads, I would like to argue, to much better workplaces, and to a much better world in general.   Or at least it can, although just like everything else it can be a double-edged sword.  The news media is saturated this past year, this past week, in some shape or form with stories of empathy. Empathy, even lack thereof, is all around us.

 

By psychologistmimi,