I posted something on Instagram recently about empathy that 99% of people looked at and moved on, but there was still that 1% of people who got pretty fired up over it. After that, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about my thoughts on empathy and what it really means to be an empath.
Some people believe that an empath feels other peoples’ feelings. However, at the root of my work as a coach, we don’t feel other people’s feelings: we create our own thoughts about others and we feel feelings of our own. Of course, you’re allowed to think whatever you want about this subject, but I want to give you my thoughts on empathy so that you can try them on and see if they work for you.
Join me on the podcast this week as I explain my stance on empathy, why it might not work exactly the way you think it does, but also why it’s wonderful and an amazing part of being a human being. Some people might find this a touchy subject, but take a listen before you make up your mind.
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What You’ll Learn on this Episode:
- Why you cannot experience somebody else’s emotions.
- What people usually believe about what makes them an empath.
- Why empathy is not a sensation a person experiences, but an emotion.
- The reason you shouldn’t expect empathy from a coach.
- Why a person might believe they can feel other people’s emotions.
- What makes some people feel more intensely than others.
- Why our ability to pick up on the emotions of others is truly an amazing gift.
Mentioned on the Show:
- Come hang out with me in Utah at Better Than Happy Live! I’ll be there in September to spend a whole day with you, give you a taste of coaching, and record a live podcast all about how to create a deliberate future.
- Be Bold
- Join me for the next Ask Jody Anything coaching call!
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