Feeling misunderstood by someone, especially someone you love, is a terrible feeling. Feeling that someone you love understands you and does not or cannot experience authentic empathy for you is even worse. Read this article to find out why and what you can do about it.
You understand and experience authentic empathy for someone. You accept them for who and what they are. You accept that their words and actions come from the right place. You accept them. Naturally, this means you will keep them in your life – right?
When someone close to you continually says they understand you and you realize they do not or cannot give you authentic empathy, forgiveness is the best tool you can use to get over the pain and frustration this causes. I had to learn this lesson the hard way. I was dating a woman who would…
Let’s continue the focus on understanding and empathy and shift from an external view to an internal one. Rather than asking if people who understand you empathize with you, today I invite you to ask yourself a different question.
What if there were a simple way to figure out the actions you could do that would resonate with the other person? For many years, I struggled to find the right actions to show people that I understood them. Here is how I overcame that struggle.
Today, we embark on a journey to a greater level of understanding of ourselves and of others to increase our level of authentic empathy – for ourselves, for others and from others. There will be daily posts covering concepts, real-world examples, and exercises to empower you and your progress. At the end of each post, there will be daily invitations to help you get the most out of the experience. We will start by focusing on the basic concept of empathy and understanding.