Empathy & Emotional Regulation

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Empathy & Emotional Regulation

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“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering. Nothing. Not a career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.” Audrey Hepburn

Empathy is the ability to feel what another person is feeling--from that person's perspective. The art of empathy requires balance, whereby you pay attention to another's needs without sacrificing your own.

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • You spend more time thinking about your partner's feelings than your own?
  • You focus your attention on what the other person is saying during an argument to the exclusion of what you want to say?
  • You get caught up in the feelings of someone you love when they are depressed or hurting to your own detriment?
  • After leaving an argument, you are preoccupied with what the other person was thinking?

Here’s the truth: Overly empathic people may have a diminished capacity to make decisions in their own best interest. They also experience heightened depression and anxiety from deflecting their own feelings. 

Using techniques of non-violent communication, I will teach you how to:

  • Recognize and share another person's emotional state;
  • Distinguish between your own feelings and those of others;
  • Develop reciprocal relationships defined by give-and-take;
  • Find a variety of resources to meet your emotional needs; and
  • Experience greater calm and peace by engaging in radical self-care.
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All calls will be recorded. If you are unable to join the live call, you can listen to the class later from the comfort of your own home.

Questions? Comment email monica@schooloflovenyc.com.