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iLead w/Straine — The Art Of Empathy

Published on October 30, 2015

Did you know the toxic behavior destroys empathy and nourishing behavior builds empathy? Being empathetic calls for a proactive commitment and the ability to add value to how other people perceive you.

We are given two main opportunities to express empathy:

  1. The moment-to-moment experiences of interacting with people (mindfulness).  All human beings like to be noticed, listened to and taken seriously! The best way to show interest is to be present with another person in the moment. There’s no faking this!
  2. The maintenance process by which you keep a relationship healthy over time (attentiveness). After you’ve made an effective connection with another person, you show empathy by continuing to attend to, and to be aware of the needs, priorities and views of the person.

Making a conscientious effort to understand and acknowledge the life positions of others and to work from that knowledge in forming effective relationships is the foundation for building empathy.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” The Dalai Lama

 

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