The Empathy Code

Each group we share 1. Something positive that happened over their week. 2. A recommendation. 3. A challenge that they would like support with or advice on. We had a great discussion tonight about how to offer appropriate empathetic responses when someone shares a challenge. The trick, which is hard for adults too, is to make an empathetic connection without "rubbernecking" or shifting attention away from the person and on to yourself. So here are Aarons two rules for empathetic responses.

1. Make a general empathetic response. "I'm sorry to hear that" "is there anything I can do?" "I hope you feel better soon".

2. IF you have a DIRECT experience or connection to the challenge you may share IF...

Your connection will give them helpful information
OR
Your connection will make them feel better.

Great job everyone on learning and practicing a difficult skill.

Great job everyone on learning and practicing a difficult skill.