Sue Raffa, PhD, a colleague at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, recently shared a wonderful animated video on empathy with me. The brief video was created by the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and features Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate Colleage of Social Work.
You can find the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw
The video offers a wonderful, quick,and amusing lesson on empathy and how if differs from sympathy.
I particularly like Dr. Brown's reference to the 4 key qualities of empathy:
- perspective taking
- staying out of judgement
- recognizing emotion; and
- communicating what you notice
"Rarely can a response make something better....what makes something better is connection."