President Barack Obama said, “The biggest problem we have in our society and the world right now is a lack of empathy. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else’s shoes and see the world through their eyes.”
The empathy deficit that President Obama alludes to is only growing more expansive as we continually become a society consumed by self-gratitude instead of focusing on ending the suffering of others. That’s why it’s so important we work at being empathetic. Luckily, we can.
The importance of empathy cannot be understated. Empathy is a cornerstone for successful relationships, but it is a quality that has to be intentional. Most people like to feel understood, but the mark of maturity is in knowing how to demonstrate understanding. In the end, the knowledge you wish to receive becomes more likely essential adjustments that will help you become a more empathetic person and live intentionally.
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In This Week’s Episode, John R. Miles Explores the Importance of Empathy in Your Life
- I use the story of Lawrence Smith to illustrate what does it mean to be empathetic.
- I examine the empathy definition and meaning.
- I discuss the neuroscience behind empathy and why we have an empathy deficit.
- I explore if empathy something that can be learned or something that we are born with?
- I go into the importance of empathy by providing nine suggestions.
- I lay out eight ways you can become more empathetic.
- I explain how is empathy given without getting overwhelmed.
- I go into how you can apply this lesson and how someone can overcome a lack of empathy.
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- 0:00 Introducing empathy
- 2:23 Ten Thousand and Green Chef
- 5:31 What does it mean to be empathetic?
- 8:21 Empathy definition and meaning.
- 9:24 Is empathy something that can be learned or something that we are born with?
- 11:51 What is the importance of empathy and how to we overcome the empathy deficit?
- 12:54 Is empathy a natural habit and what can I do to overcome a lack of empathy?
- 14:50 How is empathy given without getting overwhelmed?
- 15:36 How do you practice empathy?
- 17:00 Synthesis and conclusion
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