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How we understand others.
Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D.
Have you ever wondered about your ancestors and what was it like for them to come to this country? Now use empathy to imagine that they were coming today.
Mistakes happen. How do we get past them and repair the damage? Apologizing is an important way. And empathy plays a big part in helping us apologize.
On the anniversary of Charlottesville, we are reminded of how destructive a lack of social empathy can be.
Human beings share the potential to experience the full scope of empathy. We can all work to develop the building blocks that lead to empathy.
If we step into the place of another we might feel empathy, but not necessarily. Empathy is complex and takes a number of unconscious and conscious abilities to make it happen.
Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.