“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” Maya Angelou
Now that we’ve talked about what empathy is and why it is important, it can be easy to wonder why more people don’t practice it more often. As with most human characteristics and behaviors, there is more to the story than meets the eye.
Empathy has to be developed. It is taught and practiced. We learn through words, actions and the experiences we have with important caretakers in our life. As we have pointed out before, when our teachers are less than adequate, we don’t progress as far as we could. Blocks can and will develop that greatly hamper or prevent our ability to be empathic. Continue reading