4 thoughts on “Practice Empathy for Better Relationships at Home & Work

  • July 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for this article. I know someone who should read it, but unfortunately they will not because they believe empathy is dumb. If you have ways to help someone show how lack of empathy destroys a relationship, I would like to read on that. Thanks!

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  • July 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    This is helpful in one way, but misleading in another. When I share my feelings and a person “empathizes” by saying they know how that feels then launches in to the story about what happened to them, I shrink and feel not seen. Maybe it’s not about them? Maybe my feelings are about me?

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    • July 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Ellen! That is a great point. Reverting the focus of the conversation to oneself is not an empathic response, it is self-centered and minimizing of your experience–not a great feeling at all. Thanks for your comment!

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