EMPATHY – noun
The ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feeling and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions.
Where would humanity be without empathy? Our lives will be disconnected, our societies would fall apart. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of what we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, we can become not only a more equal society but also a happier and more creative one. But what exactly is empathy? And what does it looks like in practise? Empathy has a reputation as a fuzzy, feel-good emotion. Many people equate it with everyday kindness and being tender and caring towards others. But there is something more. As per its definition, it’s the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. How to cultivate it? Here below the golden rules:
- Habit 1: Switch on your emphatic brain
Shifting our mental frameworks to recognize that empathy is at the core of human nature and that it can be expanded throughout our lives.
- Habit 2: Make the imaginative leap
Making a conscious effort to step into other people’s shoes – including those of our enemies – to acknowledge their humanity, individuality and perspectives.
- Habit 3: Seek experiential adventures
Exploring lives and cultures that contrast with our own through direct immersion, empathic journeying, and social cooperation.
- Habit 4: Practise the craft of conversation
Fostering curiosity about strangers and radical listening and taking off our emotional masks.
- Habit 5: Travel in your armchair
Transporting ourselves into other people’s minds with the help of art, literature, film and online social networks.
- Habit 6: Inspire a revolution
Generating empathy on a mass scale to create social change.
Making them part of our everyday life can change how we think, how we feel, and what we do. Cause empathy can create a revolution, a revolution of human relationships.
Essential Bibliography: Roman Krznaric – Why it matters and how to get it – Rider.
How to practise EMPATHY in Dubai:
ENABLE – @enable.uae http://www.enable.ae
Enable is a UAE national social enterprise based in Dubai.
Enable empowers social young Emiratis with cognitive disabilities by enrolling them in extensive entrepreneurial programs. The skill set delivered will hopefully “enable” individuals with such special abilities to start their own retail units and therefore achieve individual financial sustainability. They offer beautiful indoor plant arrangement using quality succulents and cacti sourced from national and international well-known suppliers. As a social enterprise, 100% of enable products are used to fuel its retail operations; 15% of each product sold goes back to the employees who created it to empower their abilities.
Enable Fair 2018 – Dubai Garden Center – Saturday, 24th February – 10am to 2.30pm