Six Paths to Greater Empathy | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than we normally do.

 

Below are six potentially complementary paths – not methods, but general approaches – to developing greater empathy. Of course, in order to enhance empathy, they must be undertaken with a desire to truly connect with the Other....

 

1. LISTENING – I’m speaking here of deep listening, empathic listening, reflective listening – listening intended to deeply understand the Other so that they feel truly understood....

 

2. SELF AWARENESS – We are all universal beings....

 

3. NARRATIVE ARTS – Stories can help us experience the inner and outer life of the Other. ...

 

4. IMMERSION – It is one thing to listen to, read or think about someone else’s life experience. It is quite another to actually live our life like theirs for a while. This is immersive empathy....

 

5. SCIENCES – Understanding causal and functional dynamics can deepen our capacity to enter into experiences and realities otherwise alien to us. ...

 

6. RESPONSIVE CARING – In caring, our empathic sensibilities merge with our will. 

 

by Tom Atlee

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