Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Primer on How to Care

I found this short video explaining sympathy vs empathy by Dr. Brene Brown to be very well done. As someone dealing with a lifelong chronic disease, I have been blessed to have a group of folks around me that could have written this video content as well; because they truly do understand the difference. But like anyone else, I also have had interactions with well-meaning folks that do not. And that's not a helpful conversation.  After watching this video and reflecting back on MY understanding of empathy, I realized that I've been guilty of saying some of the phrases that are not empathetic as well. What a good mini refresher course on caring.

This from Dr. Brown's website:

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
Check it out:

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