“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
- Harper Lee
Empathy: the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference.
According to new research, empathy is a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our life. We can nurture its growth throughout our lives. Making empathy part of our daily life can improve the lives of everyone around us.
Three Types of Empathy
Psychologists have identified three types of empathy: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy and compassionate empathy.
Cognitive empathy is understanding someone’s thoughts and emotions, in a very rational, rather than emotional sense.
Emotional empathy is also known as emotional contagion and is ‘catching’ someone else’s feelings so that you literally feel them too.
Compassionate empathy is understanding someone’s feelings and taking appropriate action to help.
Think before judging someone, we don't always know what is going on in someone’s life.