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The Power of Empathy

by Brené Brown, Ph.D.


March 7, 2014

Connecting with others - truly connecting with them - requires us to be brave with our own stories.

This short, animated video explains.

The animation by Katy Davis (aka Gobblynne) is set to the wise words of the amazing Brené Brown, Ph.D, best-selling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead (Penguin Portfolio, 2013).

The original talk is from a video titleh "The Power of Vulnerability." 

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I love this. I have been in both shoes of empathy and sympathy, and empathy fits me better. My heart of my sleeve, teary eyed response is more my style. And after I've been through my own share of hardships and losses, that's all I want to hear. Not the 'at least..' statements. But its hard to know what else to say, so I would suggest a hug and a piece of chocolate go further than any 'at least'.


Ah, yes. I think there are some of us who just want to make things we do look for that silver lining for others. But ultimately it is when you can RELATE to others that brings that relationship. Those going through difficulties don't always want someone to point out the silver lining....they want someone to listen and just be there to walk with them through the difficulty and provide them support. My own MOPS group has offered me this kind of support and I LOVE each of them for that! :)