There are many ways to help someone, and one of those manners is to empathize with that person. Most times, when people are turning to you and confiding in you when they open their life, they are looking for someone they can lean on.

They are looking for you to hear them and help them through whatever they are going through. The best way in which you can do this is to empathize with them. Let them know that you understand where they are coming from, and in some cases, you know how the situation feels.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

This really helps! If they are going through a heartbreak, or financial difficulties, or stress from things happening at work, it is quite common that we all have experienced these situations. Also, think about the times in which you wanted someone to hear you out and feel the feelings you are experiencing. Continue reading

Empathy is the ability for humans to recognize, understand, and share thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or character. Developing empathy is an essential aspect of establishing healthy relationships and behaving compassionately throughout life.

Empathy allows you to experience another person’s point of view, feelings, or behaviors rather than just your own. Empathy comes from within rather than experiencing another person’s feelings or behaviors in a forced manner. There are different types of empathy that people can display.

Cognitive Empathy

Cognitive empathy is also referred to as perspective-taking, which is not what most people would consider empathy at all. Cognitive empathy is being able to put yourself into someone else’s shoes to see their perspective of various situations. This is a useful skill for many people especially those in leadership positions. Continue reading