'I can't imagine what you're going through' - lessons on learning empathy
Empathy is one of the most important principles in understanding human behaviour.
Empathy is the act of placing yourself in another individual’s shoes and understanding their perspective and emotional experience, explains clinical psychologist Hayden Knibbs.
Knibbs says deep levels of empathy can potentially lead to greater compassion in society and address social ills such as violence and inequality.
He says that self-centred individual's struggle to grasp and practice the concept of empathy.
According to Knibbs, personal encounters often unlock a person's ability to empathise with others.
He says that more awareness needs to be raised about the important role of empathy in society.
Empathy is placing yourself in somebody else's shoes and understanding what their experience is.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
Empathy is probably the single most important concept in psychology... It really is the cornerstone of how we function.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
Each and every human being views the world from a different perspective.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
Two different perspectives can be simultaneously true.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
If somebody holds a different perspective it doesn't cancel ours. That's something that we commonly forget.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
Growth, empathy and meaning can be facilitated from a loss. It expands our frame and hits us like a jolt.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
You are more likely to illicit hostility, if you have lower levels of empathy.Hayden Knibbs, clinical psychologist
He describes how people with vastly different identities can empathise with others using frames of reference.
Take a listen to the in-depth discussion during the Family Matters feature:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'I can't imagine what you're going through' - lessons on learning empathy
Despite the pandemic, 2020 saw a rally in residential property sales. Andrew Golding examines the trends expected in 2021.Read More
Harvard, Oxford, MIT... We need to take responsibility for keeping ourselves on the cutting edge, says futurist Graeme Codrington.Read More
It seems that it's much easier to get a quote from Hippo.co.za than to find an actual hippo on the loose in Fourways!Read More
The future is now different. The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews trends analyst Dion Chang, the founder of Flux Trends.Read More
Spotify has a soundtrack playlist for you, tailored by your favourite newsmakers for you to indulge in.Read More
An economist expects China growth at 9.5%, US money-printing, rising metal prices and trade- and current-account surpluses in SA.Read More
Earlier this week, a woman took to Twitter, accusing DJ Fresh and Euphonik of drugging and raping her in 2011.Read More
Bruce Whitfield asks personal finance advisor Warren Ingram to explain in detail the new laws affecting provident funds.Read More
A new scam is surfacing on Facebook and WhatsApp groups. The masterminds are even using the FSP number of a legitimate company.Read More