A Slight Shift in Perspective

A Slight Shift in Perspective

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1 Comment on A Slight Shift in Perspective

  1. Jessie
    September 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM (9 years ago)

    I am all about efforts to increase empathy. I often feel that way in posts about other people’s experiences too: I want to say “thanks for sharing” but have nothing else to add. (Sometimes I just say thanks for sharing, then, if I think it would do something for them to hear it.)

    I admit that sometimes I do look at a situation and think “is that what I would think was really going on in that situation?” I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing that on a certain level (and in your own head), but when you automatically assume that your analysis of it (especially if you weren’t there!) is preferable to someone else’s, then you really are failing in empathy. Even if you, by some off chance, happen to be right about what was “really” happening, you still aren’t taking into account all the other life experiences of that person that made them interpret the situation the way they did.

    Also, off topic: Blogs are fun. More fun than policy papers.

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