Roman Krznaric writes: “According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathise wired into their brains – an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives. The problem is that most don’t tap into their full empathic potential in everyday life.”
Krznaric presents three strategies to improve our empathetic abilities:
– Radical listening: “Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back what they’ve told you so they knew you were really listening.”
– Mindfullness: “becoming mindful of every person connected to your routine actions”
– Become curious about strangers: “having conversations with strangers opens up our empathic minds.”