Brene Brown presents us with a REALLY useful cartoon that spells out empathy and how it is different from sympathy. She identifies four aspects of empathy:
- Take the perspective of the other.
- Stay out of judgement.
- Recognize emotion in the other and communicate it.
- Feel WITH people.
I agree whole-heartedly! When we can offer this way of being with the significant people in our lives we give them a great gift of safe connection, allowing them to be more themselves.
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