Searching for my video recommendation for you this week, I found this video via a dear friend. It is a short beautifully animated talk about the difference between sympathy and empathy, under RSA Shorts signature.
Dr Brené Brown, the voice behind, is a research professor and author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” (Penguin Portfolio, 2013). She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. I recommend you to also see her full talk about how to be vulnerable and happy.
I need empathy in my work because I often interact with people and my results depend on the people I interact with. It is not easy to be empathetic. We need to:
* have the ability to take the perspective of another person;
*recognize emotions in other people and then communicate that;
*feel with people.
One of my favorite words – that also gives the name of this series “Editor’s Connect” – is connection. I used it many times without understanding what it really means. Dr. Brown explains it simply:
In order to connect with you, I need to connect with something in myself that knows the feeling you have.
Voice: Dr Brené Brown
Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) www.gobblynne.com