Lovin’ this new video from Brené Brown…for a little primer on the difference between empathy and sympathy take a peek!
It’s good to know the difference…it’s good to know that empathy enhances connection, and sympathy creates distance. It’s good to have a couple of “good to go” empathic lines, for times when you just don’t know what to say, like:
- I don’t know what to say right now, I’m just glad you told me
- I’m here for you, I’m honoured that you let me know
- Let me sit with you. Tell me what you need.
It’s not uncommon when couples come in for counselling to determine that there is some sort of barrier to spouses being able to express empathy to one another.