Empathy: Putting Yourself in Others' Shoes

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

Empathy-the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling and this is known to increase pro-social (helping) behaviors.

According to Steve Taylor, PhDEmpathy is one of human beings’ highest qualities. Empathy is the root of most behaviours associated with “goodness.” It’s the root of compassion and altruism, self-sacrifice and charity. Conversely, a lack of empathy is the root of most destructive and violent behaviour - in fact, everything that we associate with “evil.”A lack of empathy is the root cause of a lot evil, including;

  • makes crime possible
  • makes warfare possible
  • enables psychopaths to treat other human beings callously, as objects who have no value except as a means of satisfying their desires.

Taylor says “You can think of empathy as a channel which connects human beings to one another. Compassion is what flows through the channel, and the result of this compassion is altruism - selfless action which aims to alleviate the suffering or further the development of others.”But sadly, Empathy has become such a rare quality in our society, and our societies are suffering a lot due to that. Imagine a peaceful society free from terrorism, rape, kidnaps and many other forms of evil. You might think that is impossible, but the truth is; it’s not. If we come together to make it possible, it will become a reality.

Remember “If you want to change the world, start with yourself”. Yes, let’s start by learning the art of empathy, and teaching it to our wards. Empathy is a quality every effective counselor has, therefore, let’s employ effective guidance and counselling in our schools, so that we can raise a brighter generation full of empathy. We need to do this, and we need to do it now!Work with FlexiSAF’s Talk-2-Me to raise the finest leaders of tomorrow! Log on every Tuesday for a fresh new article just for you.And don’t forget to share your thoughts and leave your details in the form below!See you soon! In your very own school!