We are talking a lot about empathy lately. I see many posts, blogs and articles on the subject because so many feel that it is severely lacking in this current time. Social psychologists are having a field day dissecting what has gone so wrong, and why.
Describing empathy as a lubricant creates visuals in my head like the annoying squeaky door hinge that finally gets some W-D40. A lubricant softens rough edges, makes things work better, and a little bit goes a long way. I think the same is true when we approach situations that we encounter in work and life from a place of empathy.
We all like to think that have compassion for others don't we? After all, we give care, so we must have empathy. Is there a difference between caring and true compassion?
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