Model: 6 aspects of empathy
November 16th, 2019
1 Emotion Contagion
Feeling what others feel
2 Empathic Accuracy
Knowing what you feel
Being able to name the emotion.
Having specific words for different nuances of each emotion.
You can develop this in interactions.
When you <body language>, it seems to me that you're feeling <emotion>.
Is that what's going on?
3 Emotion Regulation
Making emotion less powerful, so they don't overwhelm you.
This allows you to do the next aspect
(2)Naming them helps with this.
4 Perspective Taking
What would I do
is different from
What would they do
Or like, or feel, or ...
Like I described earlier in How to treat people
treat people like you wish to be treated
treat people like they want to be treated
5 Concern for Others
People sometimes seem to not be concerned for others.
But this can have 2 very different causes
don't care for others
care so much, but can't act, helplessness causing emphatic burnout
6 Perceptive Engagement
This is the final goal.
Treating people in a way that helps them.
Sometimes this means acting, doing something for someone.
Sometimes this means ignoring someone.
When you see someone clumsily falling, what they want most of all could be that nobody saw them.
You can be
, and go help them up.
You can be
, and ask them and be okay.
But maybe the
thing to do, would be to ignore them and act like nothing happened.