Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Empathy and Understanding

What is often the case in life is that we are so unaware of how unaware we are about so many things, especially to the feelings and experiences of others. One typical example is when we might say to someone, "I know how you feel" when they are going through a difficult time of loss, sickness, betrayal, suffering, depression, or divorce.
Unfortunately, such a trite and shallow statement is often meant to spare our discomfort because we often don't know how to validate the struggles of others. The fact is that it is impossible to know how others feel; no situation is truly comparable to another. Rather than using competing sympathies such as these, it is much better to openly acknowledge that we are at a loss as to what to say. By recognizing our limitations, it can lead to more authentic and genuine conversations and relationships.
With this in mind, I created this conversation in which a husband (played by me) is completely unaware on how his poor communication style is affecting his relationship with his wife. What have been your experiences on this topic?

1 comment:

  1. If you know a person that is suffering anything related with depression, the best thing that you can do is to have a good conversation and a good method to encourage him/her to do a activity in his/her free time! I broke up with my girlfriend and she suffer depression.It was not the the reason that make us broke up, I am only saying it to you that will read it.When we were together, I used to encourage her to do a sport, to study and do things that made her happy, but unfortunately it was not enough :/ ... So, I hope that she will be happy one day!

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Randall