“What is empathy? Empathy means seeing the world through another person’s viewpoint without inserting your autobiography.
When I say ‘what is empathy’, I am not referring to the techniques of active listening or reflective listening, which basically involve mimicking what another persona says.
If you practice those techniques, your motive is autobiographical. You listen with the intent to reply.
When I say ‘what is empathy’, I mean listening with intent to understand. I mean seeking first to understand.
Empathic listening gets inside another person’s frame of reference. Empathy is not sympathy.
For example, I taught this concept at a seminar in Chicago and a man came up to me almost bursting with news…
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Noah’s Note: What Is Empathy
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