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Moving empathy from theory to multi-disciplinary practice.
Lidewij Niezink, Ph.D., and Katherine Train, Ph.D.
When you empathize with others, how do you know that it's not just a projection of your own experiences?
Empathy is neutral; it can be used for good or to harm or manipulate. Where do your motivations and intentions to empathize come from?
#Jerusalemadancechallenge took the world by storm. It showed the power of synchronizing movement, helping us to connect and share positive experiences during a time of challenge.
Self-empathy helps us navigate polarizing assumptions and judgments.
Working with others to provide an encouraging presence or healing space requires providing a conducive environment for them. Self-empathy helps create that presence and space.
Do you find yourself getting caught up in interactions where misunderstandings are starting to occur, making you feel threatened and defensive? Self-empathy helps you to notice.
When you feel challenged and misunderstood, empathizing with someone else is difficult. That's why the first step is to empathize with yourself.
Lidewij Niezink, Ph.D., and Katherine Train, Ph.D., are the co-founders of Empathic Intervision.