The Power of Empathy

Ricky Brown you underestimated how good this is……this is great……..

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16 replies

  1. I love this. just saw it on FB … Brooke posted it.

    • I really hope this gets through to some people, it probably won’t though. Almost everyone I know starts out talking to me when I’m upset by saying “at least…..”

      • Yes, “at least” is a favorite. It proves that having sympathy is judgmental, just as the clip says. I always thought sympathy, while not the best thing, wasn’t a bad thing.

  2. Good movie, with lots to think about. Question, though? The movie emphasizes vulnerability as the key behind empathy. Could there be a “empathy gender gap” if men and women view vulnerability differently in our society?

    • Scot, that’s an interesting idea, as it’s socially acceptable – even preferable, for a woman to experience vulnerability, while it’s not so for men.

      • It’s definitely harder to view vulnerability as too desirable when you start playing King of the Playground at 3 yrs old. And in many places I’ve unfortunately been, vulnerability can earn you a serious beat down, or at least a good seat at the loser’s table. Still, to the degree that empathy can be developed, both men and women should develop it.

        • it seems to me that empathy is related to humility, not ego. And there we have that male-female divide.

          • I agree. Humility provides the essential starting point for empathy. However, I think that after that one can still miss developing empathy. For example, I believe the Japanese tend to have enormous humility, but their more traditional and authority-based culture may possibly turn them more into detached politeness and less into connected empathy. I also agree with your second point, but to put it more bluntly, being humble has never really been a defining characteristic of the American male.

    • That’s a thinker, good question.

  3. Thanks for the signal boost, Amy. I think there’s some useful and important stuff to think about here, and I’m glad the video has inspired thoughtful discussion.

    If your readers are interested in more thoughts on the value of empathy, I’d encourage them to visit these posts on my blog: and .

    Thanks for listening, everyone!

    • Ricky, very interesting reading, but, MAN, is that test long. BTW, I ended up in the bottom left corner of the bottom left quadrant. Anyone else?

      • That test is ridiculously long! I’m in pretty much the same place as you – way lower left.

      • Thanks barbo803! Hope to see you over these. I was pretty far low left, too.

        Keeping things on track here, while gender and (more pertinently, I think) societal and cultural expectations can impact on our ability to empathise, I think we do *everyone* a disservice if we let that lower our expectations of a gender or society. I was in a Scottish pub — a bastion of non-feeling — last night with another man in his late thirties. I’m happy to say we genuinely empathised the heck out of each other.

        • Ricky, personally, my husband is very sensitive and empathic, so I don’t usually experience a gender difference in those areas. I’m glad you have a friend who can empathize with you.

          BTW, I rarely have a clue whether I’m logged in as barbPolan or barb0803; I created the latter when I couldn’t log in as the former because my password guessing technique failed. But I am both.


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