Empathy vs Sympathy
Brene Brown is the shit…I really have no other way of expressing how awesome she is.
Sometimes people want to help others and just have no idea what to do or say. Not just those with illnesses…people who are going through any difficult time. I’ve been on the other side hearing “at least it isn’t…” and can tell you exactly who said it and when. Bottom line, it doesn’t feel good and although it’s forgiven, it isn’t easily forgotten. So how are we supposed to show others that we care?
I’m sure people who say “at least” aren’t trying to be mean, they’re trying to be supportive…by being sympathetic. Empathy however, is a much more effective approach to connect with someone who is struggling.
I challenge you all to give it a whirl.