Thursday, February 25, 2016

Empathy

Do you understand another person and accept them for who they are? Well, not everybody does. "Can you teach people to have empathy?" by BBC Magazine, shows that you can teach people to have empathy, and that it's not really hard. Radical listening, looking for the human behind things, and becoming curious can teach you to have empathy for others, and to understand them more. Radical listening is one thing that can teach people to have empathy for others. "Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back on what they've told you so they knew you were really listening." (Magazine pg 3) It's not hard to really listen to someone, and what they've said. All people have to do is listen, and that helps with learning how to have empathy. Looking for the human behind things can teach people to have empathy. (Magazine pg 3) "So when you have your morning coffee, think about the people who picked the coffee beans. As you button your shirt, consider the labour behind the label by asking yourself: "Who sewed on these buttons? Where in the world are they? What are their lives like?" "  By asking some questions about where the everyday things come from, it can teach empathy. Becoming curious can also teach empathy to someone. Especially if they become curious about strangers. "... having conversations with strangers open up our empathetic minds. We can not only meet fascinating people but also challenge the assumptions and prejudices that we about others based on their appearance, accents or backgrounds." (Magazine pg 5) By doing this, people can learn to have empathy, even towards strangers.
I think that all of these things work on learning empathy. Without empathy, all of us wouldn't care about each others feelings, and we would be selfish, self-centered people. I think that the quote on radical listening really tells us on how to do this, and that we really have to listen in order to feel that empathy. The quote on looking for the human behind things, I feel, is that for everything that we have, someone else had to do some labor in order for us to have that. I feel like the quote on being curious about strangers is great too. I could be curious about them, but when it comes to talking to them, I don't see myself doing that because of my shyness. If they were to come and talk to me, then I can see myself talking to someone I don't know. So, the article, "Can you teach people to have empathy?" by BBC Magazine, shows that people can be taught to have empathy by radical listening, looking for the human behind things, and becoming curious about strangers.