Of all the blogs we have written, this one requires more time to take in and understand. It is very difficult to communicate a rich and full description of empathy in just words since empathy is a complex and profound experience. However, we will give it a try.
One famous literary quote comes close: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Here is our own definition of empathy:
Authentically attending to the speaker’s verbal and non-verbal messages, experiencing the speaker’s inner world, understanding it, mirroring back its essence, so the speaker feels seen or heard, usually resulting in the speaker deepening his or her experience
It has seven components:
If you want to deepen your understanding of empathy, we suggest you:
Send us your comments, insights, and discoveries after reflecting about the blog.