Last week’s Thought for the Week was; “The Affinity Connection” which was about building affinity through our communication. You can see this and all of my previous blogs below.
What builds an affinity between you and them? For me, empathy is key.
Have you found that people often find it difficult to say what the difference is between Empathy and Sympathy?
“Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.”
-Dr Brene Brown-
[Motivational speaker, research professor, author, and podcast host]
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings, perspectives, and experiences of others. It involves putting oneself in someone else’s shoes, genuinely connecting with their emotions, and demonstrating compassion and understanding.
That’s not to say that is someone fell into a dangerous pit we would throw ourselves in with them to empathise! We don’t have to do that to show empathy.
Empathy goes beyond sympathy (which is simply feeling sorry for someone). With empathy, we strive to grasp the emotions and thoughts that someone is experiencing, creating a deeper connection and fostering a sense of shared humanity. And helping people to find the best solution that would work best for them.
Empathy is a crucial aspect of human connection, fostering better relationships, understanding, and cooperation. By practicing empathy, we can promote kindness, tolerance, and a greater sense of community and belonging.
“Empathy and social skills are social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence. That’s why they look alike”.
[Author of the best-selling Emotional Intelligence, as well as many other works in emotional and social intelligence, leadership, and education].
I will leave you with that thought and will be in touch again soon with more thoughts and tips.
With best wishes for your success,
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