What Is Empathy (Video)

“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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2017-07-05T07:54:12+00:00 By |5 Comments


  1. Kai July 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Though empathy comes naturally to some, i barely cant feel it. Am i considered bipolar ? Is there any way that i can develop Empathy and if so how to increase it ?

    • Noah St. John July 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Yes, a good first step is to follow the steps in this post. Then seek first to understand, then to be understood.

  2. James August 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed your blog and great information. Allow me to say my view, that It’s hard to be emphatic unless we have a positive, pleasant attitude towards other people. If we cant appreciate others, then its difficult to conserve our empathy over the lengthy-term, and consequently will damage our integrity.

  3. Leox August 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    just my opinion, i believe that empathy is an attitude of attentiveness rather than a skill, as is much of emotive understanding.

  4. Sonny August 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    I can say based on personal experience, that people empathise easily with people of the same background, and are exceptionally good at neglecting the sufferings of people they dislike.

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