what's it like to expand your empathy?

home

search

article menu

featured article
about us moodraiser blog

contact us


EMPATHY IS PONDERING the simple question, "What is it like to be the other person?"

Of course, you can never know for sure, but so much is communicated by a person's tone of voice, face, body movement, etc., that in truth, if you take the time to consider it, what you come up with will probably be pretty accurate.

When you imagine what it would be like to be that person, what you do and say will be so appropriate, it will go a long way toward helping you connect.

Ask yourself, "What is she feeling?" Imagine you were her. How would you feel if those circumstances happened to you? Ask yourself, "How is she looking at this?" And your curiosity will prompt you to ask questions to find out more detail about her problem and her feelings about the problem. That is exactly what it takes to be a truly helpful listener.

In other words, imagine what it would be like to be her, but use that as a jumping off point, not the destination. Don't stop at your imaginings. Find out if you're right, and if not, why not? Use your empathy, your ability to see from her eyes, to explore her world, her perceptions, her feelings, her thinking.

Get to really know her by asking yourself, "What's it like?"

learn what kind of listening helps the most

Author: Adam Khan
author of the books, Self-Help Stuff That Works and Antivirus For Your Mind
and creator of the blog:
Moodraiser
Articles and Interviews
Learn about sustaining motivation, improving relationships, relieving depression, improving your health, reducing anxiety, becoming more optimistic, enjoying a better mood more often, earning more money, expanding your creativity, making better decisions, resolving conflicts, and much more.

Self-Help Menu
Want to learn to enjoy your relationships with people more? Do better at work? Feel good more often? Have a better attitude? Use the self-help menu.

Facebook and Twitter
We post on Facebook and Twitter a few times a week, focusing on helping you feel good more often.

Search For Anything On YMW
Type in any topic and find all the material on YouMe Works on that topic. You can also browse topics on this page.

Subscribe to Moodraiser
Get articles delivered to your email inbox free. Learn simple methods for lifting your general feeling of well-being right away, and improving your mood over time.

.

Google
 

Explore This Site | Immediate Relief | Bite Size | Home | Contact
Copyright © 2001-2099 -
YouMe Works Publications - All rights reserved.