Showing Empathy - Deepstash

Showing Empathy

  1. Show them that you notice their change in behaviour. We must acknowledge the other person's unhappiness and let them know that we want to know more about what they're experiencing without trying to cheer them up.
  2. Ask them: "Can you help me understand?" This phrase sends out the message that you're not trying to fix their life but you're curious and that you care.
  3. Share an observation. Reminding people about their positive attributes can be helpful but be sure to keep it short and simple.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 3 simple ways to express empathy in your next conversation

“Every conversation is an opportunity for us to listen, to hold space and to offer an empathetic response.”

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Empathy

Empathy is the ability to feel and relate to another being. It's natural to experience this towards our friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers. When we empathize with someone, our good intentions often get lost in translation when we communicate.

Oftentimes, when we try to comfort the other person, we are quick to give unsolicited advice and offer solutions to try and fix their problems when what they really need is someone who will listen with no judgments or commentary.

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A toxic relationship

Is any relationship between people who don’t support each other, where there’s conflict and one seeks to undermine the other, where there is competition and there is disrespect.

A toxic relationship is consistently unpleasant and draining for the people in it, to the point that negative moments outweigh and outnumber the positive ones.

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Decluttering Your Friends

Some friendships are past their time, and the red flag to note is when a person isn’t replenished or energized in any way after spending time with a friend.

Another sign is when a life event or milestone (like a change in job location or marriage) drifts apart an old friendship. If you lose a favourite person, an alternative is to become your own favourite person.

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Men and Women want different Emotional Payoffs from each other
  1. Empathy is a cornerstone of a healthy, connected relationship. 
  2. However, men and women actually want different emotional payoffs from each other. 
  3. The study by the American Psychological Association demonstrated that:
  • Men like to know when their partners are happy.
  • Women want the man in their life to know when they are upset.

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