Here's a progress shot of a piece from my new upcoming series based on the works of Brene Brown. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: 'Rising Strong', 'Daring Greatly' and 'The Gifts of Imperfection.'
The above image depicts the power of the force of empathy. Although the words empathy and sympathy are often used interchangeably in our daily conversation, the two words really embody two distinct sentiments. But I love how Dr. Brené Brown defines their clear delineation. She says that empathy fuels connection while sympathy drives disconnection. She elaborates that empathy has the distinction of 'perspective taking' (taking perspective of other person or recognizing their perspective as their truth.) Empathy also has the distinction of staying out of judgment. It recognizes the emotion in other people. It respects.
By way of comparison, sympathy exerts a subtle judgement by positioning itself at a safe distance from the other's pain. Sympathy says, "Oh, you poor thing.' While empathy leaps over the safe distance and embraces the other's pain. Empathy shows vulnerability. Sympathy holds up an invisible shield.
When I began to become acquainted with the work of Brene Brown, it was as if her words put flesh around feelings that have been rolling around and bumping inside of me for years. Thus, my decision to choose her insights as inspiration for my upcoming 100 Day Project.
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