In this day to day hustle of life, we tend to ignore other people around us or be dismissive about their emotions and feelings. So, If someone around is feeling low, depressed we tend to believe that they deserved it, or their own actions and poor judgment put them in that situation.
Empathy is defined as the awareness of the emotions and feelings of others. Thus, Empathy is a pillar of emotional quotient (EQ). In a future blog we will discuss what EQ vs IQ.
Empathy is intuitive; some people are more loving, caring and giving than others. So, for those who aren’t emphatic by nature, it can be a learnt behavior. As I repeatedly say, Fake it, till you make it.
Given below are Seven Ways to be More Empathetic:
Focus yourself on the welfare of others
Suspend your own judgment, and look at it from another’s Point of View (POV)
Listen, without judgment, listen with your ears, eyes, heart and instinct
Ask the other person what they want
Pay attention to the words, emotions and physical and mental behavior
Don’t be stubborn, be flexible and open minded in your thoughts
Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. It makes the world a better place. Empathy is born from the phrase, Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self.
“You can talk with a close friend or relative about what’s troubling you; but it’s not the same as professionally-trained experienced psychologist who knows exactly what kind of help you need” – Dr. Prerna Kohli.
About Dr. Prerna Kohli
She is a 100 women Achievers Award Winner (2016) from the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr. Prerna Kohli is a Clinical Psychologist, a Public Speaker, a Workshop Facilitator and a Holistic Practitioner. She offers Heart-based workshops and lectures that focus on Life Balance, Self-awareness and Inner Peace. Dedicated to sharing her knowledge and compassion with others, Prerna blends intuitive wisdom with solid understanding, creating a powerful holistic approach, specializing in the areas of Emotional change.
Dr. Prerna Kohli is a leading Psychologist in India and provides families, individuals, parents and children counselling on being happy.