The sign couldn't be clearer.
'Touching' on Something Bigger -- in New Book, Betsy MacGregor Says Medicine Shouldn't Be Divorced From Empathy
Medical technology is part of the miracle of medicine. However, without humanity, we miss the essence of meeting others at their most vulnerable and frightening journeys, where an empathic partner can help them cross the most poignant thresholds of what it means to be human.
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
What is it that makes two minds respond so differently to the same encounter with misfortune?
From Bill Butler and me: "Be Compassionate" in the New Year! It's the one resolution that changes everything. I was thinking
It's hard to feel connected to others. It's painful. It's often much easier to retreat into our daily routines and busy ourselves with the mundane activities of our lives. And we need to do that. Don't get me wrong. But every now and then, we have to ask ourselves if we've retreated too much.
Empathy they say -- not apathy, not sympathy -- is fast becoming the secret to corporate success.
I do this all the time, explain away a person's appearance and actions. I try really hard to give people the benefit of the doubt when they snap at their kids in public, cut me off in traffic, refuse to give up their seat to an old person on the train.
Everyone tries to express empathy, but many times the best way is through asking questions and listening, rather than saying, "I know how you feel."
If we're hardwired for empathy, why is there such a frequent disconnect in practice? In large part, it's a matter of awareness. Actively tuning in to this part of ourselves is critical.