Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others. Sympathy places another's problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and "drives separation", says Dr. Brené Brown. Empathy, on the other hand, requires that one internalize the feelings of another. That shared experience drives interpersonal connection.
Eye contact makes us more socially aware and empathetic. It also allows us to make sense of our relationships and social orientation. When we look in another’s eyes, over time we experience an echo in our own body of what the other is needing. This process is automatic, beneath awareness, and is considered an important component of empathy.
Amnesty International recently released a video in which they show strangers begin to understand common struggles with the help of eye contact. The refugee crisis is a worldwide issue that effects us all. People disagree about the right path forward for individuals that are often displaced by conflict or economic crisis. In these disagreements what is often missing from the conversation, is empathy.
This week I decided to focus my free time on reading.
Cleve Jones is an American human rights activist, author and lecturer. Jones joined the gay liberation movement in the early 1970s. In this interview he discusses the evolving LGBTQ community and its struggles, past and present.
Music and memory: it aids language learning, helps injured brains remember, causes widespread brain activation and more…