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Watch: The Importance Of Empathy In Everyday Life
By Izza Sofia, 19 Apr 2017
Empathy is foundational for building bridges between individuals, understanding one another’s complex emotions, gaining a diverse perspective, and leveraging relationships for collaboration and progress.
Lifehacker states that we are all in our own bubble, with our own unique perspective on the world, and it is crucial for our personal development to understand how other people experience the world.
Trying to understand other people’s experiences and perspectives is what we call empathy. Taking the time to observe others is the first step to developing empathy. Focus on the person’s state by asking yourself about their day rather than categorizing or labelling them straight away.
There are, of course, the subconscious reflexes that we all experience. For example, during a heated argument, we tend to respond before another person finishes their sentence.
Try using an active voice and take a moment to understand what the person is saying and ask follow-up questions to understand the situation better.
This video by Lifehacker explores the importance of empathy, and what you can do to improve your own sense of empathy.
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