On Empathy

This talk from Brene Brown on differences between empathy and sympathy is a great reminder to be more aware of how we respond to others when they share something challenging with us.

“Rarely if ever, does an empathetic response begin with “at least”“.

Although brief, it exposes a tendency to immediately begin trying to “solve” something, and in the process, demonstrates how invalidating that can be to others.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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