Why practice empathy in relationships?

Practising empathy is the key to building trust and rapport in a relationship. It helps you to reach out to others, showing you’re willing to collaborate and develop a mutual understanding.

This means people can see you have their interests at heart, and you’re not just focussed on your own selfish needs. It shows the importance of having shared goals and common ground. It indicates a sense of compromise and partnership from both people, but not to the extent of sacrificing personal freedom or independence….

How is empathy practised?

  1.  Listen and observe …
  2. Attune to their feelings and emotions …
  3. Using your body is vital ..
  4. Show you genuinely see things from their point of view …
  5. Acknowledge the validity of their feelings…
  6. Be Inclusive …