Empathy may be the most important skill we possess as humans. Much depends on our ability to connect with others, to identify what they are thinking and feeling.
Some people are better than others at this. Women tend to outshine men in this area.
But whatever your current expertise, here are 14 things you can do to improve your empathy.
- Listen more, talk less. The most reliable way to know what other people are thinking and feeling is to listen to them when they are talking. When you are talking, they are not. Just by talking less, you can dramatically improve your empathy.
The bottom line is that if you care about people you will find a way to demonstrate it.
Tell me what you think. What have you found to be effective in developing empathy?
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