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  1. justine

    I loved it….what a great visual way to understand the differences between these two things….

  2. Kate

    I so needed to hear this. I consider myself the fixer (talking), but all I really need to do is listen. I am going to practice listening more (won’t be easy)!

  3. Sharon

    Fantastic for us visual learners and hilarious! My go to is to practice therapeutic communication: silence while really listening followed by a hug if their social antenna allows it.

  4. mel

    I think I am getting it. I need to get passed the fact I have been giving symphony for so long and not empathy. I am willing to change and be more aware of what I am saying and how I am saying.

  5. Marlena

    I have heard you speak of empathy in the Power of Vulnerability and the animation with this is Perfect!

  6. Angie

    Thank you for making clear the distinction between sympathy and empathy. I know so many people it’s easier to go to sympathy as it’s easier but there is no real connection made.

  7. marsha sneed

    I need to practice saying….I don’t know what to say but glad you were able to share it with me.

  8. Wendy reynolds

    A perfectly charming example of connection and understanding

  9. Dana

    This is so cool! Glad I saved the email.

  10. Elizabeth Matney

    I took a Spiritual Gifts survey once and scored 1 (out of 10) on Empathy. I have so far to go. I’m a data -driven, logical, fixer. This gives me some good examples to model. Thanks.

  11. barbierae

    I’ve watched this several times now but am watching again just to help the lesson sink in. I’ve always prided myself on being empathetic and am known for always being ready with a hug, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. What was the eye-opening part about this message to me was the point about often ‘wanting to fix it’, which comes naturally. I will continue to offer support, but will now make a conscious effort to stop myself before I jump across that line when I feel the need to “help”. I think “Thank you for sharing with me” is very powerful. (BTW: Thank you for sharing this lesson with US!!)

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  14. Iris DeJesus

    Wow, this was great! Great way of explaining two words.
    Thank you for sharing.


  15. Betty Williams

    Actually, I have a question. Is it okay to offer to someone something that helped me as I struggle with what their struggling with? Is it still empathy?

  16. Oh my goodness, I love this. Thanks so much!

  17. tracey

    Hi ,thank you for this Brene and Katy, I am in caring profession and this is making my job easier, i am giving myself the permission not to fix, but to connect and witness someone else’s pain and trust that the light and the hope will emerge. i am ‘working’ less but with more effect!

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  19. Pam Manata

    Thank you God for the gift of empathy!

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  21. Scott Argue

    I’m just going to say that, with the video on the bear and the fox, its simple
    and easy to understand and it makes some people laugh which is a good
    thing, it also put into prospective that helping people is a good thing, its ok
    to share your feelings, the video puts across that if you don’t understand
    social work then that’s what that little video clip is about, and its ok to help
    people, to let it all out, because if your troubled then the first thing you need
    is for someone to listen. And its not just helping other people as well, you got
    to help yourself,
    Thank you

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