21. Three Thoughts: Empathy to Action - It Starts with Ourselves
Did you know that empathy is a learnable communication skill? It's not a personality trait - something we either have in spades or are void of. To understand and practice meaningful [actionable] empathy, some fog must be lifted. Definitions, semantics and misperceptions of the word have caused confusion and I clear them up today. With a few foundational pieces in place, you'll soon see that empathy isn't only about feelings. It's a powerful compassion tool that you can wield for yourself and others with a little training and practice [even seasoned empaths need practice, daily].
You may be surprised at the many ways you can take empathy from micro to macro, right now. Insanely worth it. Enjoy!
Psychology Today Article Empathy v Sympathy (this isn't the correct definition of empathy!)