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Part 4: Empathy
Transcript of Part 4: Empathy
Part 4: Empathy
Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors.
-You will better understand the needs of people around you.
-You will more clearly understand the perception you create in others with your words and actions.
-You will have less trouble dealing with interpersonal conflict both at home and at school.
-You will be able to more accurately predict the actions and reactions of people you interact with.
-You will learn how to motivate the people around you.
-You will more effectively convince others of your point of view.
You will be a better leader, a better follower, and most important, a better friend.
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Watch and consider the possibilities.
Listen and be open.
Embrace the opposite point of view.
you can grow the most in your empathy quotient when you try to understand the opposite point of view.
Whether you’re having a conversation with someone new and different from you, or just listening to a conversation that is going on nearby, try to listen with open ears and without any judgment. Push yourself to try to understand their perspectives and why they may be saying what they are.
The next time you have some free time during your commute, put down your reading material and look at the people around you. Imagine who they might be, what they might be thinking or feeling, and why. Be curious. Not only can curiosity increase your empathy quotient, but Happiness guru Martin Seligman considers it “a key character strength that can enhance life satisfaction.”
Listen intently when people speak to you. Conversations, especially regarding heated topics, often form a rhythm of back and forth speaking, with each party starting a point just before the conversation partner has ended his or her point. I'm sure you will recognize this pattern in yourself if you think about it. Before whoever is speaking has finished, you have already formulated your response, and you can't wait to spit it out.
Next time you find yourself in a conversation like this, slow down. Force yourself to listen to the words you're hearing. Consider the speaker's motivation behind saying what he or she is saying. Consider the life and work experience that has led to his or her current world-view.