Empathy for Self and Others: Is it Really Such a Big Deal?

September 29, 2014 6:00 PM

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Empathy for Self and Others: Is it Really Such a Big Deal?

Mindfulness meditation research has concluded that those who participate in a mindfulness program experience an increase in empathy for self and others. Is this really such a big deal? How does being empathetic, defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions, change or improve our lives?

It may be a revelation for some people to consider that having empathy is so important in our lives: For me to really understand how you feel and show you compassion, I need to have been able to feel the same, or similar, feelings and have shown compassion to myself. If I am not kind and compassiona...

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