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Empathy fuels connection, sympathy drives disconnection.
For many people, the first reaction when we hear that someone is going through a tough time is to cheer them up or start by using those dreaded words: at least. We’re trying to make it better, but that approach can actually make things worse.
Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.
It’s hard to express empathy because it means being vulnerable, it means accessing a part of ourselves that has been hurt, that can identify with the person who is hurting now. This animated film based on one of Dr. Brené Brown’s TED Talks give great insight into what it means to be an empathic and truly loving person.
Empathy is what mentoring is all about and what our new initiative, IssuesIFace.com, focusses on to journey alongside others. You can go there to read a story and talk to a mentor who can relate to what you’re going through – you don’t have to face it alone.