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Practicing Empathy in the Real World -- And Better For It!

by Connor Watson

Empathy is a skill that going into this SLI I thought that I had mastered. Many of the things that were talked about were things that I knew about before but the thing that I left the SLI with having a better understanding of was that understanding what empathy is and practicing it are two different things. I have always been good at helping people with their problems and sort of acting as a therapist for people, but it is also good to just listen sometimes and that's where I can be known to struggle. We practiced this by doing an exercise with one other person where we talked about something we had been struggling with and the idea was to just hear what they were saying, not to give solutions. I left with a better understanding of how to help people.

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